BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – The so-called “Prince of Battles” for the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) was captured by the Iraqi armed forces while escaping from Syria, the Al-Ghad Press Agency said in a report on Monday.
According to the report, the ISIS commander was arrested by the Iraqi armed forces in teh western countryside of Mosul city.
The ISIS commander had reportedly escaped the battlefield in eastern Syria and made his way to Iraq’s Nineveh Governorate before he was apprehended by the government forces.
He “was involved in several fights against security forces in the Al-Anbar province” which sits along the border with Syria, Iraq’s Alghad Press agency reported.
Mosul was a former stronghold for ISIS after the terror group captured it in 2014 in an assault which announced the group to the world as a major security threat.
It was from the minaret of Mosul’s Great Mosque of al-Nuri that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed ISIS’s ‘caliphate’ before the city was recaptured in 2017, though not before the terror group destroyed the mosque.