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Iraq captures 186 Islamic State militants

IANS  |  Baghdad 

has dismantled the biggest Islamic State (IS) cell in Iraq's western province of and captured 186 militants, who committed terrorist attacks in the country, said.

"A joint force captured the biggest IS cell in responsible for suicide attacks, planting roadside bombs and assassinating military personnel on the international highway west of the country," Saad Maan, of Baghdad Operations Command, said during a joint press conference with of Anbar's provincial council on Monday.

According to Maan, the detained extremist militants signed their confessions, reported.

Maan said that the extremist militants were captured following the liberation of in late 2017, and that they are responsible for killing civilians from tribe for refusing to join the extremist group.

Al-Alwani called on the to support the directorate of intelligence and counter in Anbar.

In December 2017, declared full liberation from the IS after the security forces and the paramilitary Hashd Shaabi units, backed by the anti-IS international coalition, recaptured all areas once seized by the extremist group.

However, IS remnants have since melted in urban areas or resorted to deserts and rugged areas as safe havens, carrying out guerilla attacks from time to time against the security forces and civilians.



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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 02:48 IST