On October 11th, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi confirmed the arrest of one the most senior ISIS leaders as a result of a ‘complex external operation’ carried out by the Iraqi National Intelligence Service.
Sami Jassim Al-Jabouri was detained by Iraqi security forces in a detailed security operation.
According to U.S. Treasury, Sami Jassim Al-Jabouri (a.k.a. Hajji Hamid and Haji Hamad) was ISIS’s “shari’a council chief and second in command in southern Mosul, Iraq” in 2014, weeks after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was declared “Caliph Ibrahim.” The group’s slain leader was killed by US special forces in northwestern Syria in 2019.
While being the ISIS “deputy” in southern Mosul, Sami Jassim also “reportedly served as the equivalent of ISIS’s finance minister, supervising the group’s revenue-generating operations from illicit sales of oil, gas, antiquities, and minerals.” Jasim attempted to make oil a new funding stream for the group.
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
The Treasury Department added him to the US government’s list of specially designated global terrorists in 2015.
In 2015, U.S. Special Operations Forces conducted an operation in al-Amr in eastern Syria to capture Sami al-Jaburi and his partner, another ISIS senior leader known as Abu Sayyaf and his wife Umm Sayyaf. Abu Sayyaf was also involved in ISIS military operations and helped direct the terrorist organization’s illicit oil, gas, and financial operations as well.
Abu Sayyaf was killed during the course of the operation, his wife was reportedly detained. However, Sami al-Jubari survived, as well as several Abu Sayyaf’s close comrades.
At that time, Brett McGurk, who was then the Special Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition To Counter ISIS, claimed that the operation allowed to “collect more information off that site than US has in any Special Forces operation in history.” The intelligence led “to a number of operations to really just completely uproot [ISIS’s] economic financial networks in Deir al-Zor in eastern Syria,” McGurk said.
Sami al-Jaburi was claimed dead 5 years ago, but the claims turned out to be false. On August 11, 2016, the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) reported that Sami al-Jaburi and his aide were killed in a joint operation involving US Special Forces.
In 2019, Sami Jasim was included in the list of top wanted ISIS leaders that was released by the US State Department Rewards for Justice Program. Washington announced rewards of up to $5 million for Sami Jasim as well as for Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla (ISIS senior ideologue), and Mu‘taz Numan ‘Abd Nayif Najm al-Jaburi (explosives expert).
The US reward announcement proved that Sami al-Jaburi survived the attack in 2016, too.
Al-Kadhimi’s claims came hours after polls closed on Iraq’s fifth parliamentary election since the US overthrew Saddam Hussein 18 years ago.
Low voter turnout is reported throughout Iraq. This was likely a result of the boycott by many young activists who participated in anti-government protests in 2019. Although the Iraqi authorities agreed to hold early elections, deaths during the protests and a series of political assassinations prompted a considerable number of protesters not to take part in the election.
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