Iraqi forces arrest senior ISIS member in Nineveh

A convoy of Iraqi special forces in the countryside south of Kirkuk. (Photograph: Ghaith Abdul-Ahad/The Guardian)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraqi security forces detained a senior Islamic State (ISIS) member in Nineveh province, Iraq’s national security service reported.

In a statement, the national security service of Iraq said it had detained “military advisor” to the so-called Nineveh state of ISIS after he entered the country from a neighboring country.

“He admitted his leadership of the terrorists by making plans to confront the security forces during the liberation operations,” it added.

The ISIS member was also the emir of ISIS’ al-Jazeera state, it stated.

The Iraqi forces continue to target ISIS members and leaders in the country. On Monday, the security forces killed two ISIS leaders in Anbar province.

A military spokesman also said on Monday that the intelligence forces killed ISIS leader Abu Al-Bara during an operation in Anbar.

In 2017 Baghdad announced victory over Islamic State (ISIS), and attacks in Iraqi cities have since become much rarer, although troops continue to fight ISIS sleeper cells in mountainous and desert areas.

The militants still mount deadly operations, mostly at night and in remote areas.

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