Iraqi forces detain ISIS leader, says military

Iraqi forces outside the town of Akashat in Anbar province on Sept. 15, 2017 prepare for military operations against Islamic State. (AFP photo)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraqi security forces detained an Islamic State (ISIS) leader in the country, Iraq’s security media cell said on Monday.

Iraqi security media cell said the security forces had arrested the so-called ISIS Wali of Baghdad after monitoring his activities in three provinces.

“The terrorist is one of the most prominent leaders of ISIS and had several positions,” it added.

He was also the so-called emir of al-Shamiya, Raqqa, Badia, Saladin and Baghdad, the Iraqi military stated.

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.

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