Two Iraqis suspected of belonging to ISIS arrested in Portugal

LISBON — On Thursday, Portuguese police arrested two Iraqis in the Lisbon area suspected of belonging to the Islamic State (ISIS). The two suspects y have resided in Portugal since 2017 as refugees.

Portuguese judicial police stated that the two men are accused of belonging to and supporting an international terrorist organization. They are also under investigation by Iraqi authorities. Portuguese authorities stated the men have not committed other crimes while in Portugal.

A police source told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that the two men, aged 34 and 32, joined ISIS in Iraq. They were received in Portugal as part of a program to receive refugees after arriving in Greece.

ISIS was territorially defeated between 2014 and 2017 but its remnants are still present in Iraq and Syria, especially in mountainous and desert areas.