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ISIS member arrested in Sulaimani’s Chamchamal: Coalition spox

  2021-05-13  | 
 Zhyan News Network
File photo of members of the Counterterrorism Group (CTG) during an operation - Photo Courtesy of CTG on Facebook
 Zhyan News Network


SULAIMANI – An Islamic State (ISIS) member was apprehended by the Counterterrorism Group (CTG) in Chamchamal district west of Sulaimani, a US-led Coalition official said on Thursday (May 13).

“The Kurdish CTG recently captured a Daesh terrorist in Chamchamal, Iraq that enabled a deeper understanding of the Daesh terrorist network,” Colonel Wayne Marotto, the spokesperson for the US-led Coalition Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), tweeted. 

"This new information on Daesh terrorists and operations in the region will assist in the defeatdaesh mission,” Marotto said using the Arabic acronym for the militant group.

“Since the start of the campaign, the @Coalition train & advise partnership with the CTG is focused solely on the defeatdaesh mission. The removal of Daesh leadership is a focus for the Global Coalition.”

There has been a spike in ISIS attacks in Iraq despite intermittent operations by the federal security forces, especially in the disputed areas in Kirkuk, Diyala and Saladin governorates and the border areas near Syria's border with Syrian in Anbar and Nineveh governorate.

Attack by ISIS militants are scare in the Kurdistan Region, but ISIS militants stage hit-and-run attacks intermittently, exploiting security gaps between the Peshmerga and federal security forces in the disputed areas.

Five Peshmerga members were killed and at least two were wounded in the latest two attacks by the militant group in Qayabashi and Omarbli villages near Altun Kupri (Pirde) and Zinana sub-districts.

Iraq declared the fall of the self-styled caliphate of Islamic State (ISIS) in December 2017, but the security remains fragile in the country, except for the territories in the Kurdistan Region.

Baghdad and Erbil have long been in discussion to establish possible joint security mechanism to secure disputed territories of Iraq and prevent further instability, but it was futile.

ISIS militants perpetrated 456 terrorist acts in 2019, 270 in 2020 and 51 acts in the first three months of 2021, according to Jabbar Yawar, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs.

(Zhyan English)