Iraqi troops kill senior Islamic State leader, arrest 17 others in Mosul
Mosul (IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi security forces killed on Sunday a senior Islamic State leader and arrested 17 others during a security campaign in Nineveh province.
“Troops of the Nineveh Operations Command launched a wide-scale security campaign in Badush district, northeast of Mosul, managing to kill a senior Islamic State leader,” Major Azad Fouad told Dijlah TV channel.
“The troops also arrested 17 IS militants,” Fouad said, adding that a huge amount of ammunition and firearms were seized in their possession.
Earlier, two Iraqi civilians were injured Saturday in a roadside bomb explosion in western Anbar province, a security source said.
Speaking to the privately-owned Almaalomah news website, the source said, “an explosive charge placed on the side of a road leading to Akashat town between Ar-Rutba and Al-Qaem districts in western Anbar, went off, leaving two people injured.”
“The pair were moved to a nearby hospital, suffering from severe injuries,” the source said, adding that the security forces cordoned off the blast site and started a search for more explosive charges at the scene.
Former Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi announced in July 2017 liberation of the second largest Iraqi city of Mosul from IS militants, who had captured it in 2014. More than 25,000 militants were killed throughout the campaign, which started in October 2016.
The campaign was backed by paramilitary troops and a U.S.-led international coalition.
Iraq declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence in Iraq in November 2017 with the recapture of Rawa, a city on Anbar’s western borders with Syria, which was the group’s last bastion in Iraq.
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