Two ISIS leaders arrested in separate raids in Kirkuk: federal intelligence

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SULAIMANI — Two Islamic State (ISIS) leaders were apprehended by federal intelligence forces in two neighborhoods in Kirkuk city on Sunday (August 9), the Iraqi National Intelligence Service said.

“After garnering intelligence information and precise follow-ups, our forces were able to arrest two ISIS leaders that hid themselves in the Wahid Azar [March 1] and Asra and Mafqoudin neighborhoods in two raids,” the federal intelligence agency said in a statement.

The detainees “distributed logistic reinforcements such as food and communication devices to Daesh militants in the past,” the statement continued using an Arabic-language acronym for ISIS.

“The arrested terrorists were involved in several terrorist acts against the security forces in parts of Kirkuk governorate.”

On August 8, the federal interior ministry’s intelligence forces said that they had apprehended two other ISIS militants in Kirkuk .

Backed by the US-led Coalition Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), the Iraqi government announced full territorial victory over ISIS in December 2017, marking the end of the group's self-proclaimed caliphate in Iraq.

Nevertheless, the group continue to launch attacks against the security forces and civilians, especially in the disputed areas claimed by both Erbil and Baghdad, including in Saladin, Nineveh, Kirkuk, and Diyala.

(NRT Digital Media)