US forces captured head of Isis chemical weapons program in Iraq last month

Iraqi officials say man is Sleiman Daoud al-Afari, who specialized in chemical and biological weapons in Saddam Hussein’s Military Industrialization Authority  

US special forces captured the head of the Islamic State militant group’s effort to develop chemical weapons in a raid last month in northern Iraq, two senior Iraqi intelligence officials have told the Associated Press, the first known major success of Washington’s more aggressive policy of pursuing the jihadis on the ground.

The Obama administration launched the new strategy in December, deploying a commando force to Iraq that it said would be dedicated to capturing and killing Isis leaders in clandestine operations, as well as generating intelligence leading to more raids.

US officials said last week that the expeditionary team had captured an Islamic State leader but had refused to identify him, saying only that he had been held for two or three weeks and was being questioned.

The two Iraqi officials identified the man as Sleiman Daoud al-Afari, who worked for Saddam Hussein’s now dissolved Military Industrialization Authority where he specialized in chemical and biological weapons. They said al-Afari, who is about 50 years old, heads the Islamic State group’s recently established branch for the research and development of chemical weapons.

He was captured in a raid near the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar, the officials said. They would not give further details.

read more at Guardian.UK

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2 Responses to "US forces captured head of Isis chemical weapons program in Iraq last month"

  1. drbhelthi  March 10, 2016 at 9:50 am

    So, the Saudi spy in the POTUS slot has SEAL-types in Iraq, allegedly doing the opposite of what he has been doing in the U.S. for over 3 years. Somehow, this article does not seem to fit with the subterfuge that Obama has conducted in the US, and the supply and resupply functions provided ISIS via the USAF Base (NATO) at Incirlik, near Adana, Turkey, about 100 miles west of the Syrian border.

  2. Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  March 10, 2016 at 4:25 am

    Will U.S. Special Forces now turn the ISIS chem/bio research & development chief engineer over to Erdogan for further investigation? ;-).

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