Iraqi forces arrest ISIS operatives in new security campaign


Iraqi counterterrorism forces continue to hunt ISIS operatives in northern Iraq from Kirkuk, which on Saturday witnessed a massacre that left dozens of federal police dead.

Major General Yahya Rasool, spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces, said the Iraqi counterterrorism forces were winning victories in eradicating ISIS in the country.

A total of eight terrorists have been arrested in various regions on the basis of accurate intelligence information.

Additionally, Rasool said snipers from the counterterrorism unit eliminated some of the militants in three provinces, including Kirkuk.

The operation came after a deadly ISIS attack on a federal police outpost south of Kirkuk on Sunday, which left 13 members of the security forces dead and dozens injured.

In addition, Iraqi Defense Minister Juma Inad arrived in Kirkuk on Wednesday leading a high-level security delegation following the attack to be briefed on current security measures, state media reported.

The delegation included the Minister of Defense, the Army Chief of Staff, the Prime Minister’s Military Advisor and Joint Operations Assistant, and others.

Abdul-Khaleq al-Azzawi, member of the Iraqi parliamentary security and defense committee, viewed the events in Rashad in Kirkuk as a blatant breach of security.

He further confirmed that committees of inquiry had been formed to examine this issue.

Azzawi assured that it is unlikely that a similar massacre could occur in Diyala because the nature of the security problems there is different. In addition, the governorate underwent eight redeployment operations in tense areas.

Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of Christian Ritscher of Germany as special advisor and head of the United Nations investigative team to promote accountability for crimes committed by the Islamic State in Iraq.

The team was established pursuant to Security Council resolution 2379 (2017) to support national efforts to hold ISIS to account by collecting, preserving and storing evidence in Iraq of acts that may constitute war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed by ISIS. in Iraq.

Ritscher will succeed Karim Asad Ahmad Khan of the United Kingdom, who served as UNITAD’s first special adviser.


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