Iraq says it has arrested top leader of Islamic State group

By The Associated Press

Baghdad: Iraq said on Monday it had detained a top leader of the Islamic State group and a longtime al-Qaeda member in a cross-border operation.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi tweeted the news, identifying the man as Sami Jasim, who oversees the financial operations of the Islamic State group and is the deputy leader of IS under the late Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. acts as.

He described it as one of the “toughest” cross-border intelligence operations undertaken by Iraqi forces.

Iraqi intelligence officials told The Associated Press that Jasim was detained in an identified foreign country and taken to Iraq a few days earlier. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to put the operation on record.

Jassam worked with al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian terrorist who was killed in a US airstrike in Iraq in 2006. He held various security positions in Iraq, and moved to Syria in 2015 after the Islamic State group. The al-Qaeda branch, declared its caliphate in 2014 and became a deputy of the extremist group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Al-Baghdadi was killed in a US-led raid in northwestern Syria in 2019.

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