Leading member of IS arrested in Kirkuk

Photo: KirkukNow


Security forces arrested a leading member of the Islamic State (IS) group in an operation in central Kirkuk on Tuesday.
Abu Khaldun is said to have been an aide to deceased IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The operation was directly supervised by Lieutenant General Sa'ad Harbiya, commander of the Kirkuk Joint Operations Command, in the participation of a unit from the Hawija police.

A security source told KirkukNow that Abu Khaldun was arrested "inside an apartment in central Kirkuk's Wahid Athar neighborhood."

The source described the captured ISIS leader as one of the group's "most dangerous and actve leading members", adding that he was "a close aide" to the group's deceased leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The source added that "Abu Khaldun was involved in the blowing up of sacred places in Samawa in 2006, and later joined IS and became a so-called military Emir of the group in Salahaddin province.

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