Iraqi News

Islamic State militants go ‘hysterical’ fearing arrests: Sources

Islamic State members hiding between the displaced families have gone ‘hysterical’ as they feared being arrested by security troops, intelligence sources said.

The militants, according to the sources, were begging the families to hide them until they flee Mosul toward the Syrian city of Raqqa.

However, the families refused to hide these families due to the oppression they suffered. They reported about all those who belonged to the extremists that some of them reported about their sons who cooperated with these groups, the sources told AlSumaria News on Wednesday.

Last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Mosul and congratulated Iraqi forces and citizens on the victory over IS militants who had held the second largest Iraqi city since 2014.

The victory in Mosul comes after eight months of fighting by Iraqi government forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition, against IS militants.

Late June, Iraqi forces took over the Grand Nuri al-Kabeer mosque where Baghdadi made his famous sermon in 2014 declaring the establishment of the group’s rule in Iraq and Syria.

Despite declaring the end of battles in Mosul, some clashes still occur at west of the city, an Iraqi military source was quoted as saying.