Two ISIS militants arrested by security forces in Kirkuk

Iraqi security forces arrest a suspected militants with the Islamic State (ISIS) during a military operation to regain control of the eastern side of Mosul, Iraq, Wednesday, January 4, 2017. (Photo Credit: Khalid Mohammed/ AP)

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Federal Intelligence and Investigations Agency said on Sunday (November 29) that two Islamic State (ISIS) militants were apprehended in Kirkuk governorate.

The ISIS militants were wanted in accordance with the provisions of Article 4 of the Iraqi Counterterrorism Law for belonging to the militants group, the federal intelligence agency, which is a part of the Iraqi interior ministry, reported carried out by state-owned Iraqi News Agency (INA).

"During the initial investigations with them, they confessed to providing information to ISIS gangs about the names and locations of the security services and their movements," it said. "Legal measures have been taken against them to complete their investigative papers."

Iraqi federal security forces have stepped their operations for months to hunt down ISIS militants, especially in the remote areas and disputed territories claimed by Erbil and Baghdad.

More than 10,000 ISIS militants are estimated to remain active in Iraq and Syria two years after the militant group’s defeat, and their attacks have significantly increased this year, UN counter-terrorism chief Vladimir Voronkov said on August 24.

Voronkov told the UN Security Council that Islamic State fighters move freely “in small cells between the two countries.”

In December 2017, Iraq declared victory over ISIS militants after years of contestant battles in coordination with the Peshmerga forces and covered by US-led Coalition airstrikes, but the militant group is still active in the country through staging hit-and-run tactics, emplacing bombs and abducting civilians.

(NRT Digital Media)