|Photograph released by Iraqi National Intelligence Service|
ABDUL-NASSER QARDASH, whose real name is AL-HAJ ABDULLAH QARDASH*, and who was previously named as the chosen candidate to succeed the deceased Abu bakr al-Bagdhadi, as the leader of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), has been arrested in a raid conducted by officers of the Iraqi Special Forces, according to the Iraqi National Inteligence Service. He is the highest ranking ISIS leader to be captured to date; Qardash ran ISIS after Bagdhadi's death, until the organization chose ABDUL-RAHMAN AL-MAWLA.
Qardash was nicknamed "The Professor," due to the fact that he had attended Mosul University. He formerly served in the army of Saddam Hussein and in AQ before meeting Baghdadi in prison at Camp Bucca. Reports say Rewards for Justice has posted a $5m for his capture. As we have previously indicated, there are a number of ISIS High-Value Targets being actively sought by the United States.
* Also known as HAJI ABDULLAH AL-AFARI.