ERBIL — The US-led Coalition has confirmed the arrest of an Islamic State (IS) “financial facilitation group” in Kurdistan Region’s capital earlier this week.
In a statement, the Coalition said the arrests were made during a three-day operation. It revealed that eight people were captured in cooperation with the Kurdistan Region Counter-terror Unit, while two others were arrested in Baghdad.
On 9 October, Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) released the footage of the raids that led to the capture of eight people in different locations in Erbil. The footage shows Kurdish Counter-terror unit arresting the suspects and seizing weapons, cash, and digital materials from their locations.
“These were two separate days of operations and the Government of Iraq enabled partner forces in both cities [Erbil and Baghdad] to make a total of 10 arrests regarding the al-Rawi network, an [IS] financial facilitation group. The first was the Kurdistan Counter Terrorism Directorate rolling up the eight members, followed by the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service arresting two more members in Baghdad,” Army Colonel Sean Ryan, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), told Kurdistan 24.
“Amazing work by both, and helps cripple [IS] capacity to finance terror in the areas,” he added.
Major General Patrick B. Roberson, commander of Special Operation Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve said the arrests will cause a major blow to IS’s capacity to conduct terror attacks in the region.
“This demonstrates that those who assist in, sponsor, or provide financial, material or technological support to IS will face severe consequences.”