Istanbul Turkish security sources announced that Turkish intelligence provided Iraq with assistance in arresting a leader of the terrorist organization “ISIS” who was hiding in northwest Syria, in an operation that confirms closer cooperation against the remnants of the organization between the two countries.
Iraq had announced yesterday that its security forces had arrested the Iraqi, Sami Jassem, during what it described as a “special operation outside the borders.”
Iraqi Jassem is one of the most senior leaders of the terrorist organization ISIS who was captured alive. The Iraqi government stated that Al-Jassem worked as a deputy to the founder of the organization, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed in a US raid in 2019 in northwest Syria, and worked as a close aide to the current leader of the organization, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Quraishi.
A senior regional security source and two Iraqi security sources told Reuters that Jassem was in northwest Syria, and that Turkish intelligence played a key role in his arrest.
Source: National Iraqi news Agency