Iraq Kurds say IS financier killed in joint raid with US

The raid, which was not immediately confirmed by the US, would not be the first that risked running afoul of internal Iraqi politics.

Published: 11th August 2016 09:49 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th August 2016 09:49 PM   |  A+A-


BAGJDAD: Kurdish authorities said their troops conducted a joint raid with US forces Thursday, killing a jihadist financier near a western Iraqi town that is far from where they usually operate.

"A joint operation was conducted by our Directorate General of Counter Terrorism and US Special Forces in the vicinity of Al-Qaim near the Iraqi-Syrian border," the Kurdish Regional Security Council said in a statement.

It said the raid killed Sami Jassem Mohammed al-Juburi, a man sanctioned by the US Treasury Department for supervising operations to fund the Islamic State group, including via the sale of oil and gas.

The statement did not specify the exact location of the operation.

But Al-Qaim is located over 200 kilometres (125 miles) from the closest Kurdish lines, and the raid could be viewed as an intrusion by Iraq's federal government which is at odds with the Kurds over long-running disputes about resources and territory.

The raid, which was not immediately confirmed by the US, would not be the first that risked running afoul of internal Iraqi politics.

American troops and Kurdish forces affiliated with the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party conducted a raid last year in Kirkuk province, which is controlled by the rival Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, a party that has its own forces.

A US-led coalition is carrying out air strikes targeting IS, which overran large areas of Iraq in 2014, and also providing advise and other assistance to forces battling the jihadists.

US President Barack Obama repeatedly pledged that there would be no "boots on the ground" to combat IS, but has sent American special forces to target the jihadists, who have so far killed three members of the US military.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp