Iraq says it has arrested top leader in Islamic State group – Times of India

BAGHDAD: Iraq stated on Monday it has detained a top leader of the Islamic State group and a longtime al-Qaida operative in a cross-border operation.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi tweeted the information, figuring out the person as Sami Jasim, who oversees the Islamic State group’s monetary operations and served because the deputy leader of IS beneath the late Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Al-Kadhimi described it as “one of the most difficult” cross border intelligence operations ever carried out by Iraqi forces.
Jasim has a $5 million bounty on his head from the US State Department’s Rewards for Justice program, which describes him as having been “instrumental in managing finances for IS terrorist operations.”
“While serving as IS deputy in southern Mosul in 2014, Jasim reportedly served as the equivalent of IS’s finance minister, supervising the group’s revenue-generating operations from illicit sales of oil, gas, antiquities, and minerals,” the web site says.
Iraqi intelligence officers informed The Associated Press that Jasim was detained in an recognized overseas nation and transported to Iraq few days in the past. They spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of they weren’t licensed to talk of the operation on the report.
Jasim labored with al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian militant who was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq in 2006. He assumed varied safety positions in Iraq, and moved to Syria in 2015, after the Islamic State group, an al-Qaida offshoot, declared its caliphate in 2014 and have become the deputy of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the extremist group’s leader.
Al-Baghdadi was killed in a US-led raid in northwestern Syria in 2019, beneath former U.S. President Donald Trump.

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