Security forces arrest six ISIS militants in four Iraqi provinces

Members of Iraqi security forces are seen in this undated picture

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Six Islamic State (ISIS) militants were detained in four Iraqi provinces, a military spokesman said on Saturday.

Yehia Rasool, spokesman for commander-in-chief of Iraqi armed forces, said in a statement that counter-terrorism forces carried out operations in Daquq and Hawija districts in Kirkuk province.

The counter-terrorism forces arrested two ISIS militants during the operations, Rasool added.

Another ISIS militant was arrested during an operation in Shirqat district in Saladin province, the military spokesman stated.

Iraqi forces also conducted another operation in Anbar and Baghdad, detaining three more ISIS militants, Rasool said.

Recently, Iraqi forces have stepped up efforts to detain ISIS militants in the provinces of Kirkuk, Saladin, Nineveh, Anbar and Baghdad. The security forces have detained and killed dozens of ISIS members in the past weeks.

The security forces arrested an ISIS woman in Kirkuk on Thursday. Iraqi intelligence units detained 17 ISIS members in several areas in Baghdad the day before.

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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