Ismail Alwan Salman al-Ithawi was hunted down, caught and extradited after a joint operation involving Turkish, Iraqi and US intelligence agencies, according to the Iraqi authorities.
“The Karkh criminal court in Baghdad sentenced to death by hanging one of the most prominent leaders of IS, who served as a deputy of Baghdadi,” judicial spokesman Abdel Sattar Bayraqdar said.
As Iraq moves closer to forming a new government, the incumbent Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says he is not seeking to serve a second term in office.
“We respect and obey the instructions of the religious authority Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. I did not and will not request the post of prime minister in the second term,” Iraq’s PM Haider al-Abadi said at a news conference in Baghdad on Thursday.
“I always visit caskets of unknown soldiers wondering if one of them could be my father who never came back home,” said Zahra Bagheri, 42, a mother of two. “I was only 8 years old then. I hope someday I can point to one of the caskets and tell my children ‘he is your grandpa!’”
Abbas Mozaffari, 23, a student at Tehran Azad University, said he attend the ceremony to “show that Iranians remember their heroes. Like them, we will sacrifice ourselves for our nation if an enemy tries to put his foot on our soil.”