Iraq has captured Sami Jasim al-Jaburi, the alleged finance chief of jihadist group Islamist State (IS), in an operation abroad, Iraqi authorities said on Oct. 11.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi announced on Twitter that the intelligence service arrested al-Jaburi in “one of the most difficult intelligence operations outside the borders.”
Al-Kadhimi did not specify the location of the arrest, but a senior Iraqi military official told AFP News that it was made “in Turkey,” without further elaboration.
It was not immediately clear if Turkish authorities were involved in the operation.
Iraq’s Security Media Cell said that al-Jaburi — also known as Hajji Hamid —was “considered one of the most wanted internationally” and was close to current IS leader Amir Mohammed Said Abdul Rahman al-Mawla.
According to the Reward for Justice program of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States, al-Jaburi was “instrumental” in managing the finances of IS, “, supervising the group’s revenue-generating operations from illicit sales of oil, gas, antiquities, and minerals.”
Al-Jaburi was also the former deputy leader of IS under the slain Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
In September 2015, the U.S. Department of Treasury labeled al-Jaburi as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist and sought him for a $5 million reward.
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