Counter-Terrorism forces detain two ISIS officials: ICTS

Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Forces detain two men

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Two officials of the Islamic State (ISIS) militants were detained, said the Counter-Terrorism Service of Iraq (ICTS) on Wednesday.   

ICTS forces were able to detain the ISIS officials following an operation in collaboration with the Kurdistan’s Counter-Terrorism Group (CTG) and Sulaimani General Directorate of the Security Forces (Asayish), it said in a statement.

One of the detained terrorists was code-named “Abu Sarah” and “Abu Mohammed”, and the other was code-named “Abu Snd”.

Abu Sarah was responsible for the so-called “Fallujah strip”, meanwhile, Abu Snd used to be in charge of ISIS’s so-called “Investment and development”, according to the statement.

The statement did not provide further detail, particularly on the location where the terrorists have been arrested.

Recently, both Kurdish and Iraqi Counter-Terrorism forces have increased their collaborations to detain ISIS suspects across Iraq.

On Tuesday, CTG announced the arrest of a fugitive terrorist amid an operation in coordination with the Federal Intelligence and Investigation Agency/Falcon Intelligence Cell.

Moreover, backed by aerial support of the global coalition of anti-ISIS, the Kurdish forces including the CTG, have launched a large-scale joint operation to search for suspected ISIS positions in southern Sulaimani, Sangaw area, during Monday’s early hours.

No exchange of fire and no confrontation were reported in Monday’s operation.

ISIS took over vast swathes of Iraq in 2014. The group was declared territorially defeated in 2017, but since losing its last significant piece of territories it has resorted to guerrilla attacks.

Its remaining thousands of militants have in recent years mostly hid out in remote hinterlands though they are still capable of carrying out insurgent-style attacks.



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