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Report: Iraq arrests possible new leader of Islamic State

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Report: Iraq arrests possible new leader of Islamic State

i24NEWS

Mixed reports on arrest of Abdul Nasser Qardash, said to be senior leader with IS overseeing its last battles

The Iraqi intelligence has arrested Abdul Nasser Qardash, a possible heir to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at the helm of the Islamic State terrorist group, Sky News Arabia reported late Wednesday.

The reports are citing the Iraqi News Agency as the first one to break the news, with a security source telling the agency that Qardash is a senior leader within the group, which he joined at the time of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the founder of al-Qaeda in Iraq, which would later turn into the IS.

Other reports, however, suggest that the person in question has in fact been arrested last year and has now been handed to the Iraqi authorities. The real current IS leader, they clarify, is Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi.

Read more: https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/middle-east/1590003161-report-iraq-arrests-new-leader-of-islamic-state