On Wednesday, an Iraqi courtroom sentenced to death on terror fees a distinguished jihadist described as a deputy of Islamic State group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, after he was captured in Turkey.
Ismail Alwan Salman al-Ithawi was hunted down, caught and extradited after a joint operation involving Turkish, Iraqi and US intelligence companies, in accordance with the Iraqi authorities.
“The Karkh legal courtroom in Baghdad sentenced to death by hanging some of the distinguished leaders of IS, who served as a deputy of Baghdadi,” judicial spokesman Abdel Sattar Bayraqdar mentioned.
The Iraqi authorities introduced in February that Ithawi had been extradited from Turkey after fleeing first Iraq after which Syria because the group’s self-proclaimed “caliphate” crumbled. A senior Iraqi official informed AFP on the time that the arrest got here after an elite Iraqi unit “infiltrated the very best ranges” of IS, which has claimed a string of lethal assaults in the West in latest years. It was the primary time Iraqi authorities managed to have a prime chief of IS extradited from Turkey.
A local of the Iraqi metropolis of Ramadi, Ithawi was accused of holding a number of positions together with IS “minister” in cost of spiritual edicts and head of a IS committee that determined on senior appointments. Initially from Iraq, his boss Baghdadi has been dubbed the “most needed man on the planet” and the US is providing a $25 million reward for his seize. Baghdadi has been pronounced useless on a number of events, however an Iraqi intelligence official mentioned in Might that he remained alive in Syrian territory by the Iraqi border.
In a purported new audio recording launched final month, the IS chief known as on Muslims to wage “jihad”. He made his solely recognized public look in Iraq’s second metropolis of Mosul in July 2014.