Iraq captures ISIS deputy leader wanted by the US

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi announced that Iraqi forces had captured a top ISIS leader who was wanted by the US.

Iraqi security forces have arrested a senior member of the ISIS armed group, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi announced on Monday.

Sami Jasim, who was in charge of the armed group’s finances and a deputy of slain leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was arrested outside of the country, Al-Kadhimi said.

“While our ISF heroes focused on securing the elections, their INIS colleagues were conducting a complex external operation to capture Sami Jasim, who was in charge of Daesh finance, and a deputy of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. Long live Iraq, and our brave heroes,” Al-Kadhimi wrote on Twitter.

Jasim was detained in an identified foreign country and transported to Iraq a few days ago, The Associated Press news agency reported, citing Iraqi intelligence officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The US State Department had previously offered a reward for information leading to the location of ISIL leaders it identified, including Jasim.

In 2015, the US Treasury Department designated Jasim for providing financial support or other services to the violent group. It said he supervised ISIS finance, oil and gas, antiquities, and mineral resources operations.

The Iraqi government declared military victory over ISIS in December 2017 – three years after the armed group seized large swaths of northern Iraq.

Al-Baghdadi was killed in a raid by US special forces in northwestern Syria in 2019.

ISIS operatives, however, continue to carry out attacks and kidnappings across Iraq.