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Iraq/Syria, mystery on the possible capture of the new Isis leader

Mystery on the possible capture of the new Isis leader, Abu Ibrahim al Hashemi al Quraishi, ISF: We have Abdul Nassir Qardash, the caliph of the Islamic State, in custody. Some experts, however, believe that man is a medium-high level commander. From the official sources and from IS no comment for now

Mystery on the possible capture of the new Isis leader, Abu Ibrahim al Hashemi al Quraishi, which Defense and Security had reported in early May. In the past few hours, Iraqi security forces have announced that they have arrested Abdul Nassir Qardash, who is believed to be the new caliph of the Islamic State, named after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death. However, according to Hassan Hassan (among the greatest scholars of the universe of radical Islam), quoted by Repubblica, the man is not actually the Daesh commander-in-chief; but just a medium-high chief. At the moment, however, there are no comments on this matter either from official sources or from channels or bodies of IS propaganda. This despite, in these cases usually the denials are sudden.

The second element of mystery is who captured Qardash, when and where. According to our information, he was arrested in an SDF-Inherent Resolve raid earlier this month in Al-Zar (Deir Ezzor)

However, there is a second element of mystery about the capture of Qardash, as the ISF did not provide details. As far as we know, Isis Commander has been arrested by the SDF in Syria, who then handed him over to the Iraqi security forces. The move would result from daily mutual cooperation between the two forces, confirmed by the spokesperson for the Joint Operational Command (JOC) in an interview with Rudaw. The arrest, however, occurred earlier this month in targeted operation by the Kurdish special forces (HAT) and Inherent Revolve in Al-Zar (Deir Ezzor). The Coalition itself announced on Twitter the capture of a mid-level Daesh commander and the SDF added that the man, an Iraqi, had been immediately transferred for questioning. No reference, however, on his identity.

The third element is the reported presence of the Daesh caliph in western Iraq in late April. The leader could therefore easily have entered Syria, passing through Qaim, and arriving in Al-Zar

A third element that complicates the mystery is the fact that Caliph Isis had been detected by local intelligence in western Iraq in late April. Therefore, it is not excluded that he may have entered Syria, probably passing through Qaim. His eventual presence in Al-Zar would so be plausible when the joint operation SDF-Inherent Resolve took place. Moreover, the Kurdish forces since the days following the arrest of Qardash have significantly increased the maneuvers against the Islamic State in Deir Ezzor. Above all, the targeted raids against leaders and facilitators. The hypothesis is that his interrogations have revealed important information about Daesh in the region. Here too, however, there are no confirmations or denials.

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