A member of the Islamic State was found dead from an apparent smothering in western Mosul, putting the extremist organization in high alert, according to local reports.
The group put curfews in place in three residential areas in Tal Afar after the man was found dead, and ten people were arrested and sent to an unknown location as they searched for the alleged assassin, who’s been dubbed the ‘Mosul strangler’.
The Jihadi’s death comes just a day after a civilian stabbed a jihadi after refusing to pay a false tax, witnesses say.
The Islamic State put curfews in place in three residential areas in Tal Afar after the man was found dead, and ten people were arrested as they searched for the person who smothered one of their members to death (file photo)
A witness of the incident told The Express that the civilian refused to pay the caliphate support tax, which ‘was imposed by the Islamic State group on shops’ owners in Tal Afar market, west of Mosul’.
After the man stabbed the member of the Islamic State, the group shot the civilian, the witness said.
Some 30,000 people have returned to Mosul since Iraqi forces launched a massive operation in October to retake the country’s second largest city from the Islamic State group, the UN said on Tuesday.
The number of returnees has increased since Iraqi forces drove the militants from the eastern half of the city last month, according to UN. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid. IS still holds western Mosul, home to an estimated 750,000 people.
At times, the crowds have overwhelmed checkpoints outside the city, where security forces are screening those who want to return.
Meanwhile, the Islamic State has lost at least 3,300 members since the recapture of eastern Mosul, Iraqi military officials told IraqiNews.com.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told France 24 that the Islamic State’s head commander, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been located.
He said that the leader was left isolated after several of his commanders were killed.
‘ISIL is militarily on the defensive in several regions, notably in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and the Syrian Arab Republic,’ United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a report on Tuesday.
The Islamic State has struggled with finances since the Iraqi forces launched its operation to retake Mosul last year.
An Iraqi soldier said that the military was leaving rotting Jihadi corpses to be ‘eaten by dogs’.
The corpses are left on view as a psychological weapon to deter ISIS sleeper cells, which Iraqi officials say are highly effective and distributed across the country.
ISIS executed thousands of Iraqi soldiers and policemen in cold blood and their comrades are eager for revenge.
Soldier Asaad Hussein said: ‘We leave them in the street like that so the dogs eat them. We also want the citizens to know there is a price for supporting terrorists.’