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.
While our ISF heroes focused on securing the elections, their INIS colleagues were conducting a complex external operation to capture Sami Jasim, who was in charge of Daesh finance, and a deputy of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.
Long live Iraq, and our brave heroes.
— Mustafa Al-Kadhimi مصطفى الكاظمي (@MAKadhimi) October 11, 2021
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.