on Monday 11 October, 2021

ISIS deputy leader Sami Jasim captured by Iraqi security forces: Iraqi PM

This handout picture provided by the Baghdad Operations Command of the Iraqi Army provided on October 11, 2021 shows Sami Jasim al-Jaburi, the alleged finance chief of ISIS, arrested by intelligence services outside the borders of Iraq. (AFP)

Iraq has captured Sami Jasim, a high-ranking member of ISIS in charge of the group’s finance and a deputy of slain leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said on Twitter on Monday.

“While our [Iraqi security forces] heroes focused on securing the elections, their [Iraqi national intelligence services] colleagues were conducting a complex external operation to capture Sami Jasim,” he said, without providing further details of the operation.

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

The US state Department had at the time offered a reward for information leading to the location of ISIS leaders it identified including Jasim.