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US Captured ISIS' Chemical Weapons Specialist: Official



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    In this file photo, volunteer Shiite fighters who support the Iraqi government forces in the combat against the Islamic State (IS) group hold a black Islamist flag allegedly belonging to IS militants on February 24, 2015.

    An ISIS official captured by U.S. Special Operations Forces is a chemical weapons specialist and a "key operator" in terrorist and military operations, a senior defense official told NBC News

    The detainee was identified as Sleiman Daoud al-Afari, an expert in chemical and biological weapons who formerly worked for Saddam Hussein's regime.

    "He's a bad guy," according to one US official.

    Under interrogation by the U.S. military, al-Afari has reportedly provided valuable information regarding ISIS chemical weapons and operations. The Americans are expected to turn al-Afari over to Kurdish forces by the end of this week.