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Key Deputy of ISIL Leader Arrested in Iraq

BAGHDAD – A main deputy of the deceased ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been detained by Iraqi police in Kirkuk province on Tuesday, daily Hurriyat reported Wednesday.
Abu Khaldoun was the military commander of the terrorist group for the Salah al-Din province, according to the communications body of Iraq’s Security Media Cell.
He was arrested in Hawija City and had a fake ID card with him.
Under Baghdadi, ISIL expanded through large segments of Iraq and Syria beginning in 2013, ultimately claiming to form a “caliphate” in the area as it planned and carried out gruesome attacks far beyond its key territorial bastion.
It also established local affiliates in other regions as it released on the internet heinous execution videos.
Under both the Trump and Obama administrations, Baghdadi had been a top target for the US and had a $25 million bounty on his head.
Baghdadi remained steadily in the shadow as the US-led coalition took back territory once under the control of the terror group, only occasionally issuing pre-recorded audio messages to his supporters.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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