Iraqi authorities have arrested one of the former candidates set to replace the slain leader of ISIL, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
According to a statement released by the Iraqi Intelligence Service, Nasser al-Qirdash was arrested on Wednesday.
“Today, the terrorist named Nasser al-Qirdash, the candidate to succeed the criminal (Abu Bakr) al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, has been arrested” the agency said.
al-Baghdadi was killed in an air raid last October in the countryside of Idlib province in northeast Syria. ISIL then appointed Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Quraishi as the successor to Baghdadi while al-Qirdash was appointed to the number two position.
Iraq declared victory over ISIL in 2017 after reclaiming its entire territory from the armed group that had taken control of some regions in the summer of 2014.