September 25, 2023

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They arrested the second top commander of ISIS: the United States paid $ 5 million to capture him

Search poster for Sami Jassim al-Jaburi and photo released after his arrest (AFP)

Iraqi intelligence services have arrested the leader of the Islamic State jihadist group in Turkey. Sami Jasim Al Jaburi, Wanted by the United States and is considered a key financial figure in charge of the organization, Iraqi officials said Monday.

Sami Jasim Al Jaburi went Captured in the operation of Iraqi secret services “outside the borders”Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Qasimi tweeted. The prime minister described it as one of the “most difficult” cross-border intelligence operations ever carried out by Iraqi forces.

Turkey has not responded to this information at this time. The United States gifted him five million dollars (3 4.3 million) for any information about the person responsible for “playing a key role in managing the finances” of ISIS, according to the US State Department.

His capture coincides with Sunday’s legislative election, “when the heroes of the security forces defended the election,” he added, noting where he was captured.

However, A senior Iraqi military official told AFP he had been captured in Turkey, Without giving further details about the location and circumstances of the process.

According to US officials, Japuri holds the position of “equivalent” to the post of “finance minister” within ISIS, “overseeing the activities of the committee that generates revenue from the illegal sale of oil, gas, antiques and minerals.”

In September 2015, the U.S. Treasury Department targeted Jafuri for sanctions on its “terrorist” list.

Jassim worked with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, Then killed by US forces in Iraq in 2016. He held various security positions in Iraq and Al Qaeda’s ISIS went to Syria in 2015 after declaring caliphate in 2014 Capture a third of the territory of Iraq in the Blitzkrieg offensive. He was second only to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the militant group.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

The Iraqi government announced its victory against the jihadists in late 2017, thanks to a US-led coalition-backed military campaign. The Islamic State was defeated in Syria in 2019, when al-Baghdadi was killed in a US-led offensive in northwestern Syria.

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The Islamic State is currently “maintaining a secret presence in Iraq and Syria and carrying out armed operations on both sides of the border between the two countries,” according to a 2021 UN report.

In those two countries it will have “10,000 active fighters,” the report said.