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Iraqi forces nab 17-member ISIL cell

A 17-member terror cell was arrested Thursday (June 9th) following days of monitoring in Baghdad and Diyala, the Iraqi Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

The army's Military Intelligence Directorate busted the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) cell based on intelligence information and accurate field monitoring, the statement said.

The cell comprises 17 ISIL members operating as armed platoons and was active in the so-called 'northern Baghdad province' and 'Diyala province', the statement said.

In eastern Diyala, Iraqi forces also arrested two terror suspects in a raid east of Baqubah, Diyala police chief Maj. Gen. Jassim al-Saadi said on Thursday.

"A police emergency force launched a raid and search operation to the south of Balad Ruz, and arrested two terror suspects wanted for operating for the account of ISIL," al-Saadi said in a statement.

The detainees were taken to a security detention facility for interrogation, he said.

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