The Cradle
Iraqi resistance kills several ISIS militants, arrests senior commanders
The operation against ISIS positions in northern Baghdad took place after several major arrest campaigns
By News Desk - June 07 2022
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The Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) killed at least 12 ISIS militants after clashes broke out on 7 June in the Tarmiyah region in northern Baghdad, according to Sabereen News.

The 12th Brigade of the PMU launched artillery rounds at ISIS positions just days after a massive arrest campaign of senior ISIS commanders in Iraq.

On 5 June, the Iraqi National Intelligence Service (INIS) announced the arrest of 14 people who were involved in planning attacks.

The PMU announced on 4 June the arrest of the ISIS commander in charge of foreign nationals and immigrant affairs, who was located in the northern region of Baghdad.

Near the Iran-Iraq border, the PMU arrested six wanted militants on 3 June. These individuals were on the lists of the PMU and Iraqi intelligence and were found to be involved in planning attacks against Iraq.

PMU officials emphasized the capabilities of their intelligence services in locating ISIS headquarters in the provinces of Iraq.

The PMU has played a leading role in the defeat of ISIS in Iraq. Minor operations against the few remaining weakened ISIS cells occur from time to time.

Despite its weakness, ISIS continues to launch sporadic attacks on civilian and military targets.

Further operations against the remnants of ISIS were announced on 22 May. The operations took place in northern Iraq.

The armed group has increased the frequency of its attacks since January 2020, following the assassination of Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani and PMU deputy chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis by a US drone.

Baghdad and Damascus have accused US forces of aiding ISIS fighters over the years.

On 28 April, a video released by Sabereen News allegedly showed the transfer of ISIS fighters by two US Army CH-47 Chinook helicopters inside Iraq.

Last year, a commander of the PMU revealed to Al-Ahad TV that thermal cameras recorded US military helicopters transferring ISIS fighters to various locations in the country.