Nov 24, 2020 06:33 UTC
  • Iraq's Counter-Terrorism Service arrests Daesh ‘administrative chief’ at Baghdad airport

Members of Iraq's elite Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) have captured a high-ranking figure of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group after he arrived at Baghdad International Airport.

CTS spokesman Sabah al-Noaman told AFP that the man, identified by his nom de guerre as Abu Naba, was detained in October as he was “getting into a taxi, just after landing in Baghdad.”

Noaman described Abu Naba as a “major target,” noting that he had been steering financial support to Daesh, organizing meetings and relaying messages between members of the terror group.

“He began his Takfiri path in 2003 with al-Qaeda, before joining various groups that eventually led to Daesh,” he said.

Noaman, however, refused to reveal Abu Naba's real identity, where he had been flying in from and how he managed to cross through airport security before he was apprehended.

The “administrative chief” of Daesh has remained in police custody and is being interrogated since his arrest.

“Abu Naba had been in contact with remaining members of Daesh in Iraq, and we were monitoring their conversations for a long time,” the senior Iraqi security official said.

Noaman said Abu Naba would be tried under Iraq's counter-terror law, which carries death penalty for “membership in a terrorist organization.”