Iraq: Another ISIL Financial Chief Flees Mosul with Important Documents
A local source in Nineveh province disclosed that ISIL’s financial chief has escaped the city of Mosul with important financial documents and a list of names of the terrorist group’s commanders to become the third commander in charge of the terrorist group’s financial affairs who disappears in less than two months.
“Abu Qatadeh al-Qahtani, a senior official in charge of ISIL’s financial affairs has left Mosul for an unknown destination while taking the terrorist group’s important financial documents with himself,” the Arabic-language media quoted the local source as saying.
He said that Abu Qatadeh has had access to all the documents of ISIL’s financial transactions with companies and also the names of ISIL commanders in Iraq and Syria and those families who are being paid by the ISIL.
The source reiterated that the escape of the ISIL’s financial chief has struck a heavy blow to the ISIL.
In mid-November, another ISIL chief named Abu Hafas al-Halabi escaped the city of Mosul with millions of dollars to become the second commander in charge of the terrorist group’s financial affairs who disappears with huge sums of cash in just one month.
Also in early August, another top ISIL member in charge of the terror group’s financial resources in Mosul reportedly stole a sizable amount of money and fled along with a number of militants in early August.
Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official from Mosul said in a statement that ‘ISIL’s Wali of Baitul-Mal’ in Mosul along with three other militants fled the state to an unknown location after they took out a large amount of money and other valuable archaeological pieces from the group’s treasury known as Baitul-Mal, BasNews reported on August 3.
The ISIL later executed six guards of its treasury building on charge of facilitating the robbery, the statement added
The revelations came as ISIL’s “coin master” was killed after a roadside bomb detonated in the Northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June, 2015.
“ISIL Finance Minister Mohammed Zaalan al-Afari was killed in a booby trap ambush on the Gayara-Mosul road after he took part in the opening of a women’s prison for those not committed to sexual jihad,” Saeed Mamuzini, a media officer of the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) 17th branch in Mosul, said according to the Kurdish-language Rudaw website in late June 2015.
Afari was a former Iraqi army officer who joined the Takfiri ranks in 2004 and allegedly had close ties with ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the slain al-Qaeda leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
“Alongside Afari four other militants were killed by the booby trap,” said Mamuzini, adding that the Mosul Independent Youth group have claimed responsibility for the attack.
Afari himself had replaced another ISIL finance minister in Mosul who had been captured by Iraqi security forces in January 2014. The Iraqi security forces arrested Abu Safa Al-Damashqi, the finance minister of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group, along with four other militants in the Al-Ramadi city in Al-Anbar province in January 2014, Al-Masleh news website quoted a high-ranking Iraqi official in Al-Anbar as saying.