Mon. Aug 15th, 2022

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi did not provide details about the operation, but in a statement sent to Twitter, he said Jasim was being held outside Iraq. He did not disclose the location or date of Jasim’s arrest.

“While our [Iraqi Security Forces] heroes focused on securing the choice, their [Iraqi National Intelligence Service] “colleagues carried out a complex external operation to capture Sami Jasim, who was in charge of Daesh funding, and a deputy to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi,” Al-Kadhimi said.

Jasim, also known as “Abu Asya,” has been the financial supervisor of the terrorist group under Al-Baghdadi since 2015, according to Iraqi security expert Fadel Abu Regheef. He lived in Mosul in 2012 until he met Baghdadi the same year, Abu Regheef told CNN.

In 2015, the U.S. Treasury Department branded Jasim as a specially designated global terrorist, a term that imposes economic sanctions on terrorists and those who provide support to terrorists or terrorist acts.

In 2016, the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) reported that Jasim and an aide had been killed in a joint operation with US special forces.

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But in 2019, the U.S. State Department’s Rewards for Justice program placed a $ 5 million bounty on Jasim (also known as Sami Jasim Muhammad al-Jabur) and two other senior ISIS leaders who demonstrated that U.S. authorities believed they was still alive. “Muhammad al-Jaburi has been instrumental in directing the economy to ISIS ‘terrorist operations,” the foreign ministry said.

Baghdadi became head of Islamic State in Iraq (ISI) in 2010. In 2013, ISI declared its accession to an al-Qaeda-backed militant group in Syria, and Baghdadi said his group would now be known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. (ISIL or ISIS).

Later that year, Baghdadi’s supporters first swept into Raqqa. It began their ambitions in Syria and led in June 2014 to the establishment of what they called an Islamic “caliphate”.

They had rules, an army and a short currency, but just over three years later they were reduced to fighting for the remnants of Mosul in Iraq and the subject of a major offensive against their de facto capital in Raqqa.

ISIS ‘control of Mosul officially crumbled in July 2017, when then-Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared that troops had recaptured the metropolis.

Baghdadi was killed by US forces during a raid in Syria in 2019. Kurdish-led Syrian democratic forces had provided “early intelligence” that was “very helpful,” US Central Command General Frank McKenzie said after the operation.

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