Senior Daesh leader extradited to Iraq from Turkey

A man waves a Daesh flag in this file photo. (AFP)
Updated 15 February 2018

Senior Daesh leader extradited to Iraq from Turkey

BAGHDAD: Iraqi authorities said Thursday they have managed for the first time to have a top leader of the Daesh group extradited from Turkey.
Ismail Alwan Salman Al-Ithawi, 55, was tracked to Turkey’s Sakarya region, detained and returned through cooperation between Turkish, Iraqi and US intelligence agencies, a senior official in the interior ministry’s Falcons unit hunting Daesh members told AFP.
The break came after his unit had “infiltrated the highest levels” of the extremist group, he said.
A native of the Iraqi city of Ramadi, Ithawi was the group’s “minister” in charge of religious edicts and headed a Daesh committee that decided on senior appointments, according to the official.
He had fled the group’s now-shattered “caliphate” in Syria and was living under his brother’s name in northern Turkey.
“We asked our ambassador in Ankara to intervene with the Turkish authorities by providing the arrest warrant issued by Iraqi courts and recent photos of Ismail,” the official said.
Daesh swept across Syria and northern Iraq in a lightning advance in 2014, unleashing a reign of terror across a vast swathe of territory that lasted some three years.
The group’s territory has now been wiped out in Iraq and reduced to a small foothold in Syria by a series of punishing assaults in both countries.
The focus has since switched to tracking down the group’s senior leadership and the thousands of foreign fighters who once flocked to its banner.


Palestinian in car ramming shot by Israel forces: police

Updated 17 October 2019

Palestinian in car ramming shot by Israel forces: police

  • Israeli officials said he was holding a knife
  • No Israeli forces were wounded in the incident

JERUSALEM: A Palestinian was shot by Israeli security forces after ramming his car into a vehicle for undercover policemen in the occupied West Bank, police said Thursday.
Police were carrying out arrests overnight in the Al-Amari refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah when the Palestinian “attempted to run over the officers” and hit the armored police car, a statement said.
The officers saw the driver holding a knife and shot him, with police saying he was a Palestinian from Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, without providing further details.
No Israeli forces were wounded in the incident.
A spokesman for the Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem said the suspect was in serious condition.
Israeli forces carry out frequent raids and arrests in the occupied West Bank, which often lead to clashes.
In May 2018, an Israeli special forces soldier was killed during an arrest operation in Al-Amari after being hit on the head by a stone thrown from a rooftop.