posted by Christopher W. Holton

Al Anbar province in Iraq was the worst hotbed for jihadist activity during the insurgency in the wake of the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. It still presents a challenge for Iraqi authorities today…

Iraqi authorities announced on Monday the capture of a man for providing funding for the terrorist Islamic State group in Anbar province.

“Troops of the 14th division of the Military Intelligence Directorate, in cooperation with Anbar intelligence service, launched a security campaign targeting a man implicated in collecting money by force from citizens for the Islamic State group in Fallujah district in Anbar,” Ayn Al Iraq News quoted the directorate as saying.

“The arrested terrorist was on the wanted list of the Iraqi judiciary,” the statement read.

Commander of the 2nd Special Operations Command Major General Moen al-Saadi announced late Sunday that the security forces arrested 12 members of the Islamic State group while trying to sneak into the city of Kirkuk.

According to al-Saadi, the arrested militants were planning to create chaos in the city and launch several terrorist attacks.

Iraqi courts have sentenced many of Islamic State members to death over joining the militant group.

The exact number of detained militants is still unknown, however, it’s estimated to be at thousands. It’s also unclear how many members are likely to face death sentences.

Iraq’s anti-terrorism law empowers courts to convict people who are believed to have helped jihadists even if they are not accused of carrying out attacks.”

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