Iraqi prime minister says Jasim was in command of ISIL’s funds and a deputy to slain chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Iraqi safety forces have arrested a senior member of the ISIL (ISIS) armed group, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi says.
Sami Jasim, who was in command of the armed group’s funds and a deputy of slain chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was arrested outdoors of the nation, Al-Kadhimi wrote on social media.
“Whereas our [Iraqi security forces] heroes centered on securing the elections, their [Iraqi national intelligence services] colleagues have been conducting a fancy exterior operation to seize Sami Jasim,” he wrote on Twitter on Monday, a day after the nation held a parliamentary election.
He didn’t present additional particulars of the operation.
Whereas our ISF heroes centered on securing the elections, their INIS colleagues have been conducting a fancy exterior operation to seize Sami Jasim, who was in command of Daesh finance, and a deputy of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.
Lengthy reside Iraq, and our courageous heroes.
— Mustafa Al-Kadhimi مصطفى الكاظمي (@MAKadhimi) October 11, 2021
Al Jazeera’s Mahmoud Abdelwahed, reporting from the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, described Jasim’s arrest as a breakthrough for Baghdad.
“The federal government considers this a fantastic achievement as he was accountable for lots of operations in Iraq and Syria,” Abdelwahed mentioned.
Jasim was detained in an recognized overseas nation and transported to Iraq a number of days in the past, The Related Press information company reported, citing Iraqi intelligence officers who spoke on situation of anonymity.
The US State Division had beforehand supplied a reward for data resulting in the situation of ISIL leaders it recognized, together with Jasim.
In 2015, the US Treasury Division designated Jasim for offering monetary help or different companies to the violent group.
It mentioned he supervised ISIL finance, oil and fuel, antiquities, and mineral assets operations.
The Iraqi authorities declared navy victory over ISIL in December 2017 – three years after the armed group seized massive swaths of northern Iraq.
Al-Baghdadi was killed in a raid by US particular forces in northwestern Syria in 2019.
ISIL operatives, nevertheless, proceed to hold out assaults and kidnappings throughout Iraq.