Iraqi forces detain ‘dangerous terrorist cell’ in Mosul, says military

Iraqi Counter Terrorism troops inspect their weapons before conducting a cordon and search training exercise outside Mosul, Iraq, May 14, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William Parsons)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraqi forces detained a “dangerous terrorist cell” in Nineveh province, Iraq’s military said on Friday.

In a statement, Iraqi security media cell said the security forces detained the “most dangerous cell” of Islamic State (ISIS) in Mosul city.

The group included six ISIS militants, who participated in killing civilians and security forces, according to the Iraqi military.

The Iraq forces also seized documents, sums of money and light weapons during an operation to detain the group, it said.

Iraqi forces have increased operations against the militant group, which intermittently carries out attacks against the security forces in disputed territories where officials blame attacks on a security vacuum between the Iraqi and Kurdish forces.

Iraq declared victory over Islamic State in December 2017 but the militants have regrouped in the Hamrin mountain range which extends into the northern provinces – an area described by officials as a “triangle of death”.

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