ERBIL — A senior military commander of the so-called Islamic State (IS) was arrested in the recently liberated areas of Mosul, Iraqi military intelligence service said on Monday.
According to the service, the arrested IS commander was responsible for the military operations of the extremist group in eastern Mosul. However, his identity remains unknown to this moment.
The man was arrested together with ten other subordinating members of the group during an operation for clearing the city from any remaining IS insurgents, conducted by the Iraqi security forces.
The Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi, declared the victory over IS in Mosul on the 10th of July this year after nine months of fighting the extremists. However, the Iraqi forces continue clearing the areas from any remaining IS sleeping cells and militants hiding among civilians.