Iraq PM announces detention of top Daesh leader
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi says security forces have detained Sami Jasim, a top member of the Daesh terrorist group and deputy of slain leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
According to Press TV, in a tweet on Monday, al-Kadhimi said Jasim was captured in “one of the most difficult" cross-border intelligence operations ever conducted by Iraqi forces.
Jasim was also in charge of the financial operations of Daesh.
The Associated Press cited Iraqi intelligence officials, who asked not to be named, as saying that Jasim was arrested in an identified foreign country and transported to Iraq a few days ago.
The news comes after the Iraqi premier said on Sunday after casting his vote in the parliamentary elections that the government would announce a "major security achievement” on Monday.
The parliamentary elections were held earlier than their original 2022 schedule in response to the public demands for economic reforms.
Daesh began a terror campaign in Iraq in 2014, overrunning vast swathes in lightning attacks.
The terrorist group had emerged in Iraq amid the chaos that resulted from more than a decade of United States-led invasion.
In 2017, the Iraqi government formally declared victory over Daesh extremists.