Iraqi intelligence arrests Abu Bakr Baghdadi’s assistant

Iraqi authorities announced the arrest of the assistant of former leader of the Islamic State (ISIS) Abu Bakr Baghdadi, Sami Jassim al-Jaburi, in an intelligence operation outside Iraq’s borders.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi announced the arrest on Monday, blessing the Iraqi military for their service, closing with, “long live Iraq.”

Al-Kadhimi did not provide any additional information about where the intelligence operation took place, but informed sources suggested that the operation took place in Syria, especially in areas where ISIS cells are active.

Al-Baghdadi was killed three years ago in a U.S. special forces raid on his hideout in Turkish-occupied Edleb (Idlib) in northwest Syria.