(ConservativeHub.com) – The fallout from President Joe Biden’s withdrawal and evacuation from Afghanistan has captured the world’s attention over the last several weeks. Meanwhile, Iraqi officials quietly continued their effort to uncover the whereabouts of a leading Islamic State member.
On Monday, October 11, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi announced the capture of alleged ISIS financial chief Sami Jasim al-Jaburi as part of an intelligence operation conducted “outside the borders” of Iraq.
According to the prime minister, al-Jaburi also served as the former deputy to the now-deceased ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Al-Baghdadi killed himself in 2019 after US Special Forces personnel tracked him down at the direction of former President Donald Trump. Iraqi government officials later said that al-Jaburi held key “leadership, security, and financial positions within [ISIS].”
— NDTV News feed (@ndtvfeed) October 11, 2021
Iraq’s Rewards for Justice claimed that al-Jaburi was “instrumental in managing finances for IS terrorist operations.” Reportedly, al-Jaburi supervised the illicit sale of antiquities, oil, minerals, and other materials seized in Iraq and Syria. Officials believe al-Jaburi also led cross-border terrorist operations throughout the two countries.
Iraqi officials also indicated they believe ISIS will quickly replace al-Jaburi. However, his capture could yield valuable information regarding future and past attacks. According to a Military Times report from last year, roughly 10,000 ISIS operatives remain at large throughout the Middle East.
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