Iraqi forces detain two senior ISIS members in Kirkuk

File – Members of Iraqi security forces (Iraqi News)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraqi forces arrested two senior Islamic State (ISIS) members in south of Kirkuk, the security media cell said on Tuesday.

In a statement, Iraq’s security media cell said the two suspects were in charge of “managing the funds related to the terrorist operations” of the militant group.

“They were among the active elements in asking young people to join Islamic State through social media sites and they had lectures on those sites on how to manufacture explosives,” it added.

The two suspects were among the most wanted people in accordance with article 4 of the counter-terrorism law, it continued.

ISIS 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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