ISIS leader arrested by security forces in Baghdad


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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Security Media Cell said in a statement on Sunday (September 20) that the country’s security forces arrested an Islamic State (ISIS) leader in Baghdad governorate and disrupted the militant group’s plans to attack Shia pilgrims during the Arbaeen commemoration next month.

The militant was due to take charge of ISIS’s operations in southern Iraq. He was apprehended while traveling to Baghdad from a northern governorate.

During interrogation, he confessed to his membership in the group and that he had participated in previous operations in Kirkuk governorate.

“He was referred to the competent legal authorities to take the necessary measures against him,” the statement added.

A major point in the Shia religious calendar, Arbaeen will likely begin on October 7. It commemorates the martyrdom of Hussein ibn Ali, the Prophet Muhammed’s grandson.

Also on Sunday, a force from Nineveh Operations Command discovered a cache of munitions during an operation in Rabia and al-Baaj districts in the western part of governorate.

On Saturday, four ISIS militants were arrested in two separate operations by the federal security forces in Kirkuk governorate.

Iraq declared victory over ISIS in December 2017, but the militant group routinely launches attacks against civilian and military targets.

(NRT Digital Media)