Baghdad: Iraqi security forces have captured a senior member of the Islamic State group who was a deputy of slain leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and oversaw his finances, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said on Monday. The prime minister has announced the arrest of Sami Jasim, a high-ranking member of the Islamic State who was also a deputy of the terrorist group’s late leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in an operation outside the country.
The Iraqi intelligence service has launched a complex operation outside the country to arrest Jasim, in charge of Islamic State’s financial affairs, the prime minister said in a social media post on Monday. Al-Kadhimi did not provide further details about when and where the operation took place.
An official statement from the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said Jasim was captured in an operation outside Iraq’s borders without giving further details. According to a command statement, Jasim is close to a committee to run the extremist group and the group’s current leader, Abdullah Kardash. The US had offered a reward of $ 5 million to the informer for the capture of Jasim. The intelligence service once controlled an area of 88,000 square kilometers stretching from eastern Iraq to western Syria and imposed a brutal rule over some eight million people. Although the group’s defeat on the battlefield in Iraq in 2017 and in Syria the following year is estimated to have thousands of militants active in both countries.