Iraq’s counterterrorism intelligence unit, the Falcon Intelligence Cell, has foiled a major ISIS plan to re-establish a network of terrorist cells across the country in a special operation, dubbed “Operation Claws of Death.”
A source in the Iraqi intelligence told the al-Sabah newspaper that the operation, that lasted several months, was a part of a secret program to prevent ISIS terrorists from moving back from Syria to Iraq.
“The operation, dubbed Claws of Death, was carried out by the tactical and technical teams of the cell in the framework of a plan to address the ISIS terrorist elements, who entered the country in different ways to reorganize their ranks and carry out terrorist operations to destabilize security in the province of Nineveh,” the source said.
In the course of the operation, Iraqi intelligence agents managed to kill Wahid Amina, a prominent security commander of ISIS in the western region of al-Jazeera. The terrorist is reportedly responsible for several war crimes in the cities of Mosul and Tell Afar.
Amina was ambushed north of Tell Afar while he was moving with his notorious bodyguard, Abdul Ghafoor Abdullah, who below himself up after failing to save his commander.
“The details of the operation will be revealed later. We will also reveal the testimonies of detained ISIS terrorists and how terrorist elements and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi escaped from areas in Syria during the cell’s secret operation,” the Iraqi intelligence source told al-Sabah.
During the last two years, the Falcon Intelligence Cell intensified its operations against ISIS cells in Iraq and Syria. The cell managed to capture several prominent commanders of the terrorist group recently, including Saddam al-Jamal and Taha Znad Mashhadani.