Iraqi Security Service Obtains Data On IS Leader In Anbar Desert

BAGHDAD (HRNW) Iraq has “crucial” intelligence about the current leader of the Islamic State terrorist organization (IS, banned in Russia), Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, a spokesman for the country’s counter-terrorism service, Sabah al-Numan, told Sputnik on Tuesday, adding that the service makes constant surveillance of his activities in the country’s western desert areas.

Al-Qurashi became the group’s leader following the killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during a special US operation in Syria in 2019. The IS eventually confirmed al-Baghdadi’s death and named al-Qurashi as his replacement.

“We have important information about the IS leader, and it is now undergoing monitoring, scrutiny and evaluation … The terrorist group leader is on the move and has been active in desert areas, especially across the border region of the Anbar desert [in Iraq’s western province of Al Anbar],” al-Numan said.


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