Iraq says it has captured the jihadist group Islamic State’s financial chief in an operation outside its borders.
Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi tweeted that Sami Jasim al-Jaburi was arrested in a “complex external operation” by the Iraqi National Intelligence Service.
He added that Mr Jasim, also known as Hajji Hamid, was a deputy leader of IS under the late Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The US had offered a $5m reward for information leading to his capture.
Mr Jasim is alleged to have been instrumental in managing finances for IS terrorist operations and had supervised the group’s “revenue-generating operations from illicit sales of oil, gas, antiquities, and minerals” after it seized large swathes of Iraq and Syria in 2014.
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