Iraqi forces capture deputy of IS slain leader Baghdadi

Baghdadi was killed in a raid by US special forces in northwestern Syria in 2019 (File photo)

DUBAI: Iraq has captured Sami Jasim, a high-ranking member of Islamic State responsible for the group’s finance and a deputy of slain leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, chief Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi said on Twitter on Monday.
“While our [Iraqi security forces] idols focused on securing the elections, their [Iraqi national intelligence services] colleagues were conducting a complicate 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 Islamic State leaders it identified including Jasim.

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