Iraqi intelligence forces detain ISIS woman in Karbala

File – Members of Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Forces launch a raid to arrest Islamic State members.

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraqi intelligence forces detained an Islamic State (ISIS) woman worked for the militant group on social media in Karbala, the country’s intelligence agency said on Thursday.

The Iraqi Intelligence Service said in a statement that its units had carried out a raid to detain a “terrorist” in Karbala wanted in accordance with Article 4 of counter-terrorism law.

“She ran electronic networks to attract women and boys on social media platforms to join the ISIS terrorist group,” the statement read.

“The terrorist produced terrorist operations carried out by the terrorist group and broadcasting them on pages that are run by them.”

The intelligence forces seized her phone, which had videos of ISIS attacks, the statement read.

The woman confessed that she had joined the militant group and worked for ISIS as “Media Machine” for over three years.

Iraqi forces have stepped up efforts to detain ISIS militants in the provinces of Kirkuk, Saladin, Anbar and Baghdad. On Wednesday, the intelligence agency said its units had detained ISIS mufti of Rashad district in the so-called Kirkuk state. On September 22, Iraqi forces detained head of ISIS sleeper cell in Makhmour district, southwest of Erbil.

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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