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Iraq captures senior Daesh member, PM says

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi visits Anitkabir, the mausoleum of the founder of Turkish Republic Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in Ankara, Turkey on December 17, 2020 [Emin Sansar/Anadolu Agency]
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi in Ankara, Turkey on December 17, 2020 [Emin Sansar/Anadolu Agency]

Iraq has captured Sami Jasim, a high-ranking member of Daesh 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 today.

"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.

Al-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 Daesh leaders it identified including Jasim.

Iraq declared victory over Daesh in early December 2017, however sleeper cells continue to commit attacks around the country.

READ: US will stay in Syria to fight Daesh, Kurdish official says

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