Iraq announces arrest of senior member of Islamic State

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazemi announced today the arrest of a senior member of the extremist group Islamic State (EI), which is on the US most-wanted list for being responsible for the extremist group’s finances.

Iraq’s national intelligence service on Sunday carried out a “complex operation that captured Sami Jasim, head of ISIS finance and one of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s top collaborators,” Mustafa al-Kazemi said.

This arrest, carried out by Iraqi forces, took place while part of the military was overseeing legislative elections, which took place on Sunday in the country.

The United States was offering a reward of five million dollars (4.31 million euros) for information about Sami Jasim Mohamed al-Jaburi, an Iraqi national and also known as Hajji Hamid, for being a leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and of Syria, and who “fundamentally managed the finances of IS’s terrorist operations.”

Sami Jasim held one of the most senior posts in southern Mosul, the de facto capital of the jihadist group in Iraq, in 2014, where he allegedly “held a post equivalent to that of IS finance minister”.

Jasim “oversaw the group’s operations and the money obtained from the illicit sale of oil, gas, antiques, and minerals,” according to the US Treasury Department, which classified him as a terrorist in September 2015.

Al-Baghdadi was replaced by Abu Ibrahim al-Qurashi at the head of the extremist group, although at the time his figure is a mystery and has not appeared in the organization’s propaganda.

Source: with Agencies

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