Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, commander of the coalition forces fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria, said on Sunday that Iraqi forces have taken the finance chief of the terrorist group, Abu Sayeed al-Espashaleh.
Iraqi forces seized a mansion owned by ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi that was used as a military headquarters and an ISIS finance center in western Mosul in a joint military operation with the US and Iraqi forces, Iraq’s Prime Minister Abadi said.
The fight for the last ISIS stronghold in Mosul took a huge toll, with a record 58,000 civilians killed in the fighting, and the terrorists’ finances suffered a major blow as foreign fighters, who fled after losing the entire city, were also in the process of being captured, Abadi said.
Iraqi officials announced on Saturday that the battle for the last ISIS stronghold in Mosul had officially ended. “Today, the war is over in Mosul,” Abadi tweeted. “The liberation of Mosul has brought the whole region under control.”
However, ISIS now continues to control approximately 40 percent of Syria’s east, including the Euphrates River, and is actively recruiting foreign fighters, Iraqi officials have warned.