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ISIS plot to attack counterterrorism building in Erbil repulsed- CTD

  2021-07-05  | 
 Zhyan News Network
A combined photo of the counterterrorism forces (L), a screengrab of Islamic State (ISIS) inmate Sabhan Abudlsalam (R) and his vehicle (C) - Photos Kurdistan Region Asayish Council
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – The security forces in Erbil thwarted a plot by Islamic State (ISIS) militant group to storm the building of Counterterrorism Department (CTD) to release detained ISIS prisoners in the premises and spark upheaval in the Kurdistan Region capital city of Erbil, the Kurdistan Region Asayish Council said.

An ISIS suspect, 41-years-old Sabhan Abudlsalam originally from Mosul, claimed in a confession tape issued by security agency that the plot was ordered by ISIS leader Abu Hamza al-Qurashi. He said he joined the militant group in 2014 when the latter invaded a large swathe of land in Iraq.  

Abdulsalam said that he worked in an ISIS so-called office for making bombs before Mosul was recaptured by the Iraqi forces in 2017. He later fled to Kirkuk governorate and then to Erbil afterwards. 

“In order to rejoin Daesh and reinstate me in my previous job [within ISIS ranks], I contacted my brother Mahmoud who lives in Samsung. Thus, they returned me to my previous job within Wilayat al-Jazeera,” the ISIS inmate said, adding he took pictures of the counterterrorism directorate upon an order from Yassir. 

A video recording reportedly to be al-Qurashi appears within the confession footage, calling for the attack to release the ISIS inmates. 

 “Abu Azam told me I will send you explosives and some people to do the activity. I was arrested before I received the money, explosives and the persons.” 

There has been a spike in ISIS acts and movement in Iraq including the Kurdistan Region despite the military operation to hunt down ISIS sleeper cells. 

The Iraqi defense ministry said that an ISIS wanted suspect was arrested in Sulaimani city in coordination with (Asayish) security forces. On Sunday, two ISIS elements was also captured in Sulaimani. 

Despite its territorial fall in December 2017, there has been an uptick in attacks and bomb blast by ISIS militant in Iraq, more notably in the borderlands in Anbar and Nineveh and the disputed areas in Kirkuk, Saladin and Diyala governorates claimed by Erbil and Baghdad.

The disputed areas are a belt of territories stretching from Nineveh into Saladin to Kirkuk and Diyala.

Attack by ISIS is almost rare in the Kurdistan Region. 

Five farmers were killed and two others were wounded after a number of ISIS militants opened fire at a number of farmers in northern Jalawla sub-district on Sunday evening.

The Kurdish and Iraqi forces have recently formed several joint centers for fighting the militant group in the disputed areas. 

(Zhyan English)