Iraqi intelligence services arrested a possible successor to the ISIS leader

The Iraqi National Intelligence Service announced that it has arrested Abdullah Kardash, one of the possible successors to the liquidated leader of the terrorist organization ISIS, INA reports.

Earlier, the media reported that a certain Abdullah Kardash is the “new leader” of ISIS. In particular, The Guardian newspaper, citing intelligence sources in January, named one of the founders of the terrorist organization – Amir Muhammad Abdul Rahman al-Mawli al-Salbi, also known by the aliases Haji Abdullah and Abdullah Kardash. It was noted that this Iraqi national, an ethnic Turkmen, was appointed head of ISGIL in October 2019, a few hours after his predecessor, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was assassinated.

The newspaper also wrote that even before al-Baghdadi’s elimination, the U.S. State Department had calculated that al-Salbi would be a possible candidate for the position of head of a terrorist organization. Washington offered a $5 million reward for catching him.

A joint Iraq-U.S. team of experts has been working since February to identify a new ISIS leader. The Iraqi Security Service, however, did not consider the previous attempts to identify him credible, including the assumption by the British press that under the pseudonym of Abdullah Kardash there was an Iraqi, Amir Mohammad al-Salbi.

Recall that in the fall of 2019, Donald Trump reported the liquidation of ISIS leader Abu Bakra-Al-Baghdadi, who in 2014 announced the establishment of an “Islamic caliphate” in the Middle East from a mosque in the captured Mosul. Since then, the media have repeatedly published information about its liquidation, but this has not been confirmed. But in October 2019, the U.S. president told of the death of al-Baghdadi, who blew himself up with a suicide belt during the operation, but still managed to quickly and accurately identify him. Iraqi security services to this day continue to fight terrorist gangs, which are the remnants of the ISIS.