Iraq: Iraq confirms arrest of a top ranking Islamic State (IS) member Nasser Al-Qardash
Iraqi intelligence yesterday confirmed the capture of a high ranking Daesh leader who was a potential successor to the slain former leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.
In a statement, the Iraqi Intelligence Service announced: “Today, the terrorist named Nasser Al-Qirdash, the candidate to succeed the criminal [Abu Bakr] Al-Baghdadi, the leader of Daesh in Iraq and Syria, has been arrested.”
Iraqi news outlets including Al-Sumaria published the news with photos of Al-Qardash. Initial reports had incorrectly claimed that it was in fact Abu Ibrahim Al-Qurashi, Daesh’s current leader who had been arrested, although this was later clarified.