Erbil, Iraq – Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi announced on Monday the capture of one of the top leaders of. Al-Kadhimi said in a Twitter post that Sami Jasim al-Jaburi, the terror group’s former deputy and its chief of finance, was detained in a third country, which he declined to name, by Iraqi intelligence forces in a “complex external situation “. surgery.”
Al-Jaburi, born in Iraq in 1973, was a deputy to assassinate ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and is believed to have remained close to theAbu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi.
Al-Jaburi was designated a terrorist by the United States government and the State Department offered a $ 5 million reward for information leading to his arrest.
The Iraqi government considers al-Jaburi a key figure within the terrorist organization. After joining ISIS in the first days after its breakup from Al Qaeda, it played a central role in building the de facto state of ISIS as it seized a large swath of territory spanning the Iraq-Syria border between 2014 and 2018.
Iraqi political analyst and security expert Fadhil Abu Ragheef told CBS News that al-Jaburi was a trusted deputy of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the former ISIS leader who was killed in a US raid in Syria in 2019.
He was arrested by US forces in 2005 and spent five years in a US-run prison in Iraq. Upon his release in 2011, al-Jaburi rejoined al Qaeda in Iraq, but in 2014 he joined ISIS. Abu Ragheef said al-Jaburi took care of much of the terror group’s administration, security and finances before becoming al-Baghdadi’s deputy and ISIS’s finance chief.
“After the ISIS territories were liberated, al-Jaburi escaped the region and was smuggled into Eastern Europe, but returned to the region after he was unable to smuggle his family into Europe,” Abu Ragheef told CBS News.
An Iraqi intelligence officer told CBS News that al-Jaburi’s arrest would send an important message to the remaining ISIS leaders: that Iraqi security forces can penetrate their networks and find them, no matter where they are hiding.
The intelligence official added that al-Jaburi’s arrest would provide information on how ISIS finances its operations and who the group’s supporters are around the world.
ISIS once controlled about a third of Iraq and Syria, and used that base to plan and orchestrate terrorists.. The group was turned away by US forces and their allies to reclaim their territory in both countries in early 2019, but it still has active cells in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.
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