Security forces in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region had apprehended a dangerous terrorist running a sleeper cell of ISIS in a raid near the region’s capital, Erbil, the U.S.-led coalition announced late on August 21.
“Acting on a warrant, on Aug. 20, elite Kurdish Counter-Terrorism Director troops captured ISIS sleeper cell terrorists in Erbil,” Col. Myles B. Caggins III, a spokesman for the coalition, revealed in a Tweet.
According to Col. Caggins, the terrorist was responsible for coordinating the movement of ISIS terrorists, money and weapons through the Kurdistan Region.
“The sleeper cell that was caught in Erbil was talking to other ISIS managers – ISIS mid-level leaders – and arranging for fighters to move through Kurdistan into other regions in Iraq and Syria. This involves moving money, talking to safe houses and giving those fighters instructions,” the spokesman explained to Rudaw.
The spokesman told the Kurdish network that the coalition can’t reveal any addition information now because it is used by the intelligence to develop additional raids.
Kurdistan is considered among Iraq’s safest region. Nevertheless, ISIS terrorists maintain a small presence there. This poses a serious security threat.