SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Forces backed by U.S.-led Coalition forces arrested an Islamic State (ISIS) militant on Sunday (October 18) in the vicinity of Sulaimani province, a Coalition spokesman said on Monday.
“The Iraqi Counter Terrorism Group, supported by @CJTFOIR detained a daesh terrorist on Oct. 18 in the vicinity of Sulaymaniyah Governorate,” Coalition Spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto said in a tweet, using an Arabic name for ISIS.
“The CTG continues to remove key individuals that threaten innocent civilians, our partners and the @Coalition,” Marotto added.
Iraqi forces have stepped up efforts to detain ISIS militants in the provinces of Kirkuk, Saladin, Anbar and Baghdad.
On Sunday, the Iraqi counter-terrorism forces dismantled “an entire terrorist network” including 11 ISIS militants during a two-hour raid in Baiji north of Saladin province.
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”.