Iraq has captured Sami Jasim, a high-ranking member of the Islamic State (IS) group, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi mentioned on Monday.
Jasim, who allegedly served as a deputy to former IS group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was arrested by intelligence companies “outdoors the borders” of Iraq, Kadhemi mentioned on Twitter.
“Whereas our [Iraqi security forces] heroes centered on securing the elections, their [Iraqi national intelligence services] colleagues had been conducting a posh exterior operation to seize Sami Jasim,” the prime minister added, with out offering additional particulars of the operation.
Jasim is believed to have overseen the IS group’s funds. He beforehand labored with al Qaeda’s former Iraqi chief Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, till the latter was killed by US forces in 2006.
Baghdadi was additionally killed in a raid by US particular forces in northwestern Syria in 2019.
The US State Division had on the time supplied a reward for data resulting in the situation of IS group leaders it recognized, together with Jasim.
In keeping with the US Rewards for Justice programme, Jasim “reportedly served because the equal of … finance minister, supervising the group’s revenue-generating operations from illicit gross sales of oil, gasoline, antiquities and minerals”.
In September 2015, the US Treasury Division labelled him a Specifically Designated World Terrorist.
(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS, AP, AFP)