Iraq arrests man who handed weapons to IS in Mosul in 2014: Intelligence

Iraqi military intelligence announced on Saturday that they had arrested an Islamic State (IS) member in Nineveh who seized Iraqi weapons and ammunition and handed them over to the jihadist group in 2014.

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Iraqi military intelligence announced on Saturday that they had arrested an Islamic State (IS) member in Nineveh who seized Iraqi weapons and ammunition and handed them over to the jihadist group in 2014.

The suspect was arrested in Kaske, west of Mosul, after gathering detailed intelligence information, the statement said.

His identity was not revealed, but the statement mentioned that he was “the first who seized weapons of the security forces when the terrorists entered Mosul and handed the weapons over to them.”

He was arrested by "detachments of the Military Intelligence Directorate of the 15th Brigade" based on Iraq's anti-terrorism law, the military added.

In a surprise attack in June 2014, IS militants occupied Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq. Iraqi forces fled from Nineveh Province, leaving a huge amount of heavy weapons and ammunition in the hands of the jihadist group.

On Oct. 16, 2016, Iraqi forces with the support of the US-led coalition launched the military operation to retake Mosul after liberating key towns in Nineveh Province with the support of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

Iraq officially announced the liberation of Mosul from IS on July 20, 2017.

Since being beaten militarily, IS has reemerged in recent months not as a group openly occupying territory, but again as one fighting an insurgency, claiming a string of bombings, assassinations, and kidnappings in areas previously liberated by Iraqi forces.

Despite announcing the group’s military defeat last December, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has been forced to concede that the militants operating largely as sleeper cells are still active in multiple areas of the country.

Editing by John J. Catherine