The ISIS leader believed to be behind the brutal murder of the Jordanian pilot who was burned to death in a cage is among the four senior ISIS leaders captured last week in Iraq.
According to the MailOnline, Saddam al-Jamal is one of the most senior ISIS commanders to be detained and was tipped as a future leader of the death group.
He has a reputation for being a brutal ISIS leader as he has a taste for personally beheading prisoners.
Security services in Jordan believe that he was the mastermind behind the brutal killing of pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh in 2015.
Al-Kasasbeh was a Royal Jordanian Air Force pilot who was shot down in Raqqa, Syria, in December 2014.
Weeks later, the terrorist group shared footage of the 26-year-old being burned alive in a cage, it was a video that truly shocked the world.
It’s thought that Saddam al-Jamal has been behind a series of atrocities, including taking part in a massacre in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor in 2014 which killed 700 members of a tribe that rose up against ISIS.
He had previously been a commander in the Free Syrian Army and then leader of a western-allied ‘moderate’ Islamist group called Ahfab al-Rasoul.
Jordanian pilot, Muath al-Kasasbeh. Credit: PA
Apparently Al-Jamal has even ordered the execution of children, with that sometimes happening in front of their parents.
In 2014, Iraqi officials claimed that al-Jamal had murdered an entire family after the parents prevented their daughter from marrying him, as reported by the MailOnline.
Images shared on social media show him cheerily posing with a collection of charred severed heads.
And now he’s one of four leaders captured by Iraqi security forces after they were lured from Syria to Iraq with fake Telegram messages.
Iraqi officials used the mobile phone of already captured ISIS lieutenant Ismail al-Eithawi to send instructions via the app for the four other leaders to come to Iraq, where they were captured.
According to the New York Times, a cross-border sting using intelligence from both the US and Iraq resulted in the senior figures being snatched.
The arrests were part of a three-month long operation which tracked a number of senior figures who were known to be hiding out in Syria and Turkey.
Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, has previously vowed to ‘take all necessary measures’ against members based in Syria, with the Iraqi air force carrying out a number of airstrikes in areas believed to contain ISIS members in the country.
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