Iraqi Statement: ISIS Leader Abdel Nasser Qardash Arrested

The Iraqi Intelligence Service announced the arrest of Abdel Nasser Qardash, the candidate to succeed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to lead the ISIS terrorist organization. 

Iraqi state-owned media quoted the Intelligence apparatus as saying that “Today, the terrorist called Abdel Nasser Qardash, the candidate to succeed the criminal al-Baghdadi, has been arrested.”

It is noteworthy that Qardash was one of the candidates to succeed ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi, who was killed by American forces in a raid in the Syrian city of Idlib.

The intelligence service did not reveal any additional details about the arrest of Qardash.

The intelligence statement added that “Qardash held leadership positions in the organization since the days of Al-Zarqawi, and until he served as the head of the delegated committee in the days of al-Baghdadi, and led the battles of al-Baghuz,” according to Iraqi sources.

Qardash was head of security in Syria and Iraq.

He is also called Abdel Nasser al-Iraqi and was the military leader of ISIS in the Levant state.

He is listed as a Specially Designated Terrorist by the U.S. State Department.

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