Iraqi forces detain 20 Daesh terrorists in Anbar, Nineveh – world news
In a statement released Monday, police in Nineveh said they captured a terrorist named Abu al-Baraa after receiving intelligence and conducting a thorough investigation.
Baraa was arrested in the al-Sukar neighborhood of Mosul, the statement said, adding that 13 other Daesh militants were also taken into custody by Iraqi police.
An Iraqi security source said another key terrorist, identified as Hazal al-Jahishi, was arrested in the Zummar sub-district of Nineveh.
Separately, on Monday, Major General Yahya Rasoul, spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces, announced that a six-member Daesh cell had been identified and detained in the towns of Ramadi and Fallujah in the province. al-Anbar.
He also noted that another terrorist was arrested in the Abu Ghraib district in Baghdad province.
The new round of operations against Daesh comes days after the Iraqi army pledged to “shake the earth under the feet of the wicked (Daesh) cowards”, following an attack by the terrorist group in the province of Diyala which left more than 30 dead or injured.
“The terrorists will soon face a fair retribution and they will not be able to endanger the security of Diyala,” the statement said. “The security of Iraq and the Iraqis is a red line that cannot be joked about.”
Hashd al-Sha’abi, also known as Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), which played a key role in the fight against terrorists in Iraq, said elements of Daesh were armed with weapons progress in recent months.
Iraq declared victory over Daesh in December 2017 after a three-year anti-terrorism military campaign, which also had the backing of neighboring Iran.
The remnants of the terrorist group, however, continue to mount sporadic attacks across Iraq, attempting to regroup and unleash new violence in the Arab country.
Daesh has stepped up its terrorist attacks in Iraq since January 2020, when the United States assassinated Iran’s top counterterrorism commander General Qassem Soleimani and Hashd al-Sha’abi’s deputy commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis near the Baghdad International Airport.