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Iraqi Military Announces Detection of ISIS Caliph

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According to the commander of the Iraqi Golden Division, Iraqi military has discovered a place of stay of the reclusive leader of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Iraqi Military Announces Detection of ISIS Caliph

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made his first appearance on video when he gave a sermon in Mosul in July 2014 (Photo: Al-Furqaan Media)

Iraqi military has discovered a place of stay of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the reclusive leader of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, commander of the Iraqi Golden Division, Major-General Fadhil Jalil al-Barwari, said in an interview with the Niqash information website.

“Ten years ago, we detained al-Baghdadi, so we have enough information about him to track him,” al-Barwari said. “We believe he is now in Biaj, west of Mosul, hiding in an underground bunker. He changes his location all the time, and he also changes his appearance.”

The Major-General also told how the offensive on Mosul is going. According to him, Iraqi troops have already found 2,330 bodies of IS terrorists, captured many tanks and ammunition. However, they still have not managed to completely block the city, and militants can freely go in and out of it. As al-Barwari noted, one of the key problems is the presence of a large number of civilian population in Mosul that slows down the offensive.

Despite statements of al-Barwari, reports show that for less than a month of the fighting on the outskirts of Mosul, where local population is loyal to the government coalition, more than 3,000 Iraqi soldiers were killed and wounded, while at least 22 tanks and more than 120 pieces of light armored vehicles were destroyed.

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