Italy has been active in Iraq as part of the US-led coalition against the group, gradually boosting its troop presence in the country. At present, about 500 Italian soldiers are protecting the strategically important dam north of the city of Mosul.

 

Italian police

 

“With another important operation today … two Egyptian citizens and an Algerian were arrested, accused of association with international terrorism, while a fourth person is still at large,” Alfano said in a statement on Thursday.

 

According to the official, “the organization of an Egyptian group” was blocked which operated in the regions of Liguria and Lombardy, disseminating jihadist materials online and sending militants from North Africa to Syria and Libya to fight on behalf of the Daesh militant group.

 

The Daesh is a designated terrorist organization outlawed in Russia and numerous other countries around the world.