Iraqi President Barham Salih: ISIS is reviving in the Iraqi desert

WASHINGTON, D.C. / BAGHDAD — In a speech during a conference hosted by the Middle East Policy Center at the Brookings Institute in Washington D.C., Iraqi President Barham Salih affirmed that victory over the Islamic State (ISIS) has not been fully accomplished. Salih noted that there are signs that ISIS is reviving itself in the Iraqi desert near Mosul, Anbar, and Kerkeslokh (Kirkuk).

The presence of the U.S.-led International Coalition in Iraq, said Salih, will be discussed within the framework of bilateral relations with the U.S. and the international community.

Salih’s comments come at a time when the Iraqi Security Forces continue frequent counterterrorism operations aimed at disrupting and eliminating remaining ISIS cells.

On Wednesday, the Iraqi forces managed to arrest three ISIS members in Baghdad, Kerkeslokh, and Diyala, confirmed by spokesperson for the Commander in Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces Yahya Rasoul.

In related news, the Iraqi National Intelligence Service managed on Wednesday to arrest prominent ISIS member Nimr Sweid, aka Nimr Baghdad, in the Abu Ghraib area west of Baghdad.

Sweid is the son of high-level ISIS leader Ahmed Abdullah Sweid who was in charge of booby-trapping operations in the south of ISIS’s Iraqi territory.