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Iraq says it has arrested top leader of Islamic State group

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.

Al-Kadhimi described it as one of the “toughest” cross-border intelligence operations conducted by Iraqi forces.

Jassim is headed by a $5 million reward from the US State Department’s Rewards for Justice program, which describes him as “assistant in managing finances for IS terrorist operations.”

The website says, “While serving as an IS deputy in southern Mosul in 2014, Jasim reportedly served as the IS finance minister’s counterpart, fighting the group’s illicit sales of oil, gas, antiquities and minerals. oversees the revenue-generating functions of the

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 under former US President Donald Trump.

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