On January 16th, Iraqi security forces announced the arrest of an ISIS religious leader in the city of Mosul.
Iraq’s Security Media Cell said in a statement that the Nineveh Police Command’s SWAT team arrested “a so-called sharia official and mufti of ISIS called Abu Abd al-Bari” in the Mansour neighborhood after continuous investigations and “accurate information.”
فوج سوات التابع لقيادة شرطة نينوى وبناءً على معلومات دقيقة وبعد البحث والتحري والمتابعة المستمرة يتمكن من القاء القبض على "مسؤول فيما يعرف بالشرعية ومفتي داعش المعروف ( شفاء النعمة ) المكنى ( ابو عبد الباري )… pic.twitter.com/9Htt1HT73s
— خلية الإعلام الأمني🇮🇶 (@SecMedCell) January 16, 2020
Shifa Al-Neama, nicknamed Abu Abd Al-Bari, was allegedly working as a preacher at several mosques in the city of Mosul.
“He is known for his provocative speeches against the [Iraqi] security forces, and he was inciting affiliation and allegiance to ISIS and educating extremist ideology during ISIS’ control over Mosul,” the Security Media Cell said.
“He is considered one of the leaders in the first row of ISIS gangs, and he is responsible for issuing fatwas regarding the execution of a number of scholars and clerics who refrained from pledging allegiance to ISIS.”
He was charged for encouraging the bombing of the Prophet Yunus mosque in July 2014.
He was known for his incitement speeches against the Iraqi security forces, and he was inciting affiliation and allegiance to ISIS and educating terrorist ideology during ISIS’ control over Mosul.
It is interesting how the “Mufti of ISIS” traveled to the mosques to incite the violence, as the photographs show that he is morbidly obese. Also it is puzzling how security forces weren’t aware of his whereabouts, clearly a man such as him couldn’t quite, run, nor hide effectively.
Iraqi security forces also arrested a “prominent terrorist” in southern Mosul, the country’s Interior Ministry announced on January 14th.
“A force from the Nineveh Police Directorate, based on accurate information, was able to arrest a terrorist known by the acronym FZE in the Tal Abata district, south of Mosul city,” the statement read.
According to the ministry, the suspect was allegedly working in the so-called ISIS’ health bureau and was in charge of medicine and ammunition for the terror group during its control of Mosul.
On January 16th, joint US-Iraqi operations against ISIS continued in the country, after they were stopped for a while, due to the tensions in the Middle East, after the US bombed positions of Kata’ib Hezbollah, as well as assassinated Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and other Iranian and Iraqi officials.
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