Pentagon denies arresting ISIS Caliph

The Pentagon refuted Sky News Arabia reports of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been arrested.

The Iraqi Security Media Cell had earlier announced the arrest of a leader in ISIS, Taha Bakr Al-Ghassani, and Al-Hakni, Haji Abdul Nasser Qirdash.

It is reported that Qirdash was one of the candidates to succeed ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, who was killed by American forces in a raid in the Syrian city of Idlib near the Turkish border, in which the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) played a large role.

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

The intelligence statement added that "Qirdash 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."


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