A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Daesh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has made what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the center of Iraq's second city, Mosul. (Reuters/Social Media Website via Reuters TV)
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Iraqi agents are holding a top aide to Daesh (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and used an app on his mobile phone to lure four commanders from the group into a trap, a security advisor to the Iraqi government said on Thursday.Hashimi described Eithawi as a direct aide to Daesh leader Baghdadi, responsible for funds transfers to the group's bank accounts in different countries.Iraqi agents used the Telegram messaging app on Eithawi's mobile phone to lure other Daesh commanders to cross the border from Syria into Iraq, where they were captured, Hashimi said. Baghdadi, who declared himself ruler of all Muslims in 2014 after capturing Iraq's main northern city Mosul, is now believed to be hiding in the Iraqi-Syrian border region after losing all the cities and towns of his self-proclaimed caliphate.
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