The ISIS leader reporteddly behind the brutal execution of a pilot who was burned to death in a cage in 2015 has been captured.
So-called Islamic state commander Saddam al-Jamal built a reputation for brutality and was tipped to as a future leader of the terrorist organisation.
He and three other ISIS leaders were captured last week in Iraq, some of the most senior members to be detained to date.
As reported by The Daily Mail, Jordan’s security services believe al-Jamal is the man responsible for the killing of pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh back in 2015.
The 26-year-old pilot for the Royal Jordanian Air Force was shot down in Raqqa, Syria at the end of 2014.
Only a few weeks later a shocking video released by ISIS online showed the pilot being burned alive in a cage.
As well as this crime, al-Jamal has been accused of being party to several other atrocities including links to a massacre in 2014 where more then 700 members of a tribe which rose up against ISIS in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor were killed.
He is also reported to have executed children, sometimes in front of their own parents, with officials from Iraq claiming he once murdered an entire family after the parents said he couldn’t marry their daughter.
Before taking on a more senior role with ISIS, al-Jamal had been a commander in the Free Syrian Army before taking leadership of a western-allied Islamist group known as Ahfab al-Rasoul.
Iraqi security forces lured the four ISIS leaders from Syria to Iraq with false Telegram messages which were sent using the mobile phone of ISIS lieutenant Ismail al-Eithawi who was already captured.
al-Eithawi was captured in February this year by Turkish intelligence who then handed him over to the Iraqis.
Sending instructions via the Telegram app, the four leaders arrived in Iraq where they were then seized.
As well as al-Eithawi and al-Jamal, the successful operation captured three other senior ISIS field commanders – Syrian Mohamed al-Qadeer and two Iraqis, Omar al-Karbouli and Essam al-Zawbai.
The Telegram app has been utilised by ISIS since 2015 with the group naming it as one of their most favoured mobile messaging services.
The free app lets people exchange messages, photos and videos in groups of up to 5,000 people meaning as well as regularly using it for private communications, ISIS also use Telegram to spread propaganda.
Through Telegram the group recruit members, raise money and coordinate terrorist activity.
Setting up large public groups on the app, this is also where ISIS attempts to claim responsibility for acts of terror around the globe.
While Telegram now claims to remove ISIS accounts from public channels, they still refuse to intervene in private chats.
At a TechCrunch conference in September 2015, according to The Independent founder Paul Durov spoke about this decision saying:
I think that privacy, ultimately, and the right for privacy is more important than our fear of bad things happening, like terrorism.
If you look at ISIS – yes, there’s a war going on in the Middle East. It’s a series of tragic events. But ultimately, the ISIS will always find a way to communicate within themselves.
And if any means of communication turns out to be not secure for them, they’ll just switch to another one. So I don’t think we are actually taking part in these activities.
I don’t think we should be guilty or feel guilty about it. I still think we’re doing the right thing, protecting our users’ privacy.
Two months after Durov made this speech, ISIS murdered 130 people in Paris during the deadliest attack France has seen since World War Two.
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Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.