Iraqi forces detained three ISIS suspects near Erbil: Coalition

Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Services (CTS) members secure the street close to the Basra International Hotel where Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi stays in Basra on September 10, 2018. (Photo by Haidar MOHAMMED ALI / AFP)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraqi counter-terrorism forces detained three Islamic State (ISIS) suspects near Erbil, the U.S.-led Coalition forces said on Sunday.

“Iraqi CTD conducted an operation last night which detained three #Daesh affiliates near Erbil, Iraq,” Special Operations Joint Task Force-Levant (SOJTF-Levant) said in a tweet.

It used an acronym for the Iraqi counter-terrorism directorate.

“These operations ensure that Daesh is unable to harass the people of Iraq,” the SOJTF-Levant tweeted.

Islamic State controlled roughly a third of Iraq between 2014 and 2017.

Iraqi forces and Kurdish troops backed by U.S.-led Coalition forces as well as Iran-backed Shia militias defeated the militant group in 2017, but its members still roam areas of northern Iraq and northeastern Syria.

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