SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraqi counter-terrorism forces detained two “terrorists” in coordination with Kurdish security forces in Sulaimani, said the premier’s spokesman on Wednesday.
The Iraqi counter-terrorism forces have detained six Islamic State (ISIS) members in Anbar, Sulaimani and Baghdad provinces, said Yehia Rasool, spokesman for commander-in-chief of the Iraqi armed forces.
“In coordination with the Asayish [security] of Sulaimani’s governorate, the heroes of the counter-terrorism forces arrested two terrorists who were active in dangerous terrorist squads,” Rasool added.
One of the detainees was a “fugitive” who escaped from Abu Ghraib prison in 2013, according to Rasool.
Recently, Iraqi security services have increased coordination with the security forces in the Kurdistan Region to detain people wanted by courts and suspects linked to Islamic State (ISIS).
The federal government announced victory over ISIS by the end of 2017 after Iraqi and Kurdish forces backed by U.S.-led Coalition regained control of areas once captured by the militant group.
Despite its defeat, ISIS still poses a threat to the security and stability of the country as there are still sleeper cells in Iraq.