ERBIL — Iraqi security forces have captured three spies of the Islamic State (IS) in the disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk, an official statement said on Wednesday.
"The Military Intelligence Directorate in the Ministry of Defense was able to arrest 3 suspects who were collecting information about ambushes, patrols, and army points in the 14th Division’s sector of responsibility," the Iraqi Security Media Cell said in a statement on Twitter.
According to the statement, "accurate" intelligence information has been collected on the suspects before they were captured in the village of al-Khazir in the Alal-Zab district of Kirkuk province.
The security operation was carried out in cooperation with the Kirkuk Terror Intelligence, "after a force from the 14th Division and the Fourth Regiment in the 51st Brigade came out and arrested them," the statement further explained.
The Security Media Cell said in a separate statement that the Iraqi warplanes on Wednesday shelled several hideouts belonging to the Islamic State in Kirkuk province.
The jihadist group has lately seemed to have reorganized itself in various areas of Iraq, particularly in the territories disputed between Erbil and Baghdad where senior Kurdish leaders have repeatedly called for closer cooperation between the Peshmerga fighters and Iraqi forces.
The Kurdistan Region's Peshmerga Ministry recently announced that it had reached the final agreement with the Iraqi Defense Ministry to form two joint brigades in the disputed areas where a security vacuum is seen.