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Iraqi Army finds 2 Jails run by ISIS (Islamic State) in Jihadist group’s beleaguered capital Mosul

The female prisoners were being kept in one of the jails and 20 male prisoners were being held in the other

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Mosul, March 1, 2017: The Iraqi Army found two jails run by the Islamic State in the jihadist group’s beleaguered capital, Mosul, one of which contained 20 female prisoners, according to a local report on Wednesday.

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The jails, with a total of 40 prisoners inside them, were found when soldiers recaptured Mosul’s western al-Tayyaran district, local broadcaster Rudaw said on its website.

The female prisoners were being kept in one of the jails and 20 male prisoners were being held in the other, Rudaw said.

The Iraqi army said on Wednesday it had entered the Wadi al-Hajar district of western Mosul and had captured the last major road out, preventing IS militants from fleeing, Rudaw reported.

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Iraqi forces liberated Mosul’s al-Tayyaran neighbourhood on Monday, state television reported.

Government forces already control the east of Mosul and they began an assault aimed at capturing the west last month.

They have since driven militants from the international airport, a military base, a power station and several residential areas, according to the military.

Iraqi forces began and offensive to oust IS from Mosul in October last year.

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IS captured Mosul in June 2014 and declared it the capital of its Islamic ‘caliphate’ stretching

across swathes of territory it seized in Iraq and Syria during a lightening offensive. (IANS)

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The Son Of The Islamic State leader al-Baghdadi Dies: IS

Al-Baghdadi's fate is still unknown

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This image from video posted in July purports to show Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi delivering a sermon in Iraq, July 5, 2014. Islamic State media has announced the death of the leader's son.
This image from video posted in July purports to show Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi delivering a sermon in Iraq, July 5, 2014. Islamic State media has announced the death of the leader's son. VOA

The son of the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has died in a suicide attack mission in the city of Homs in western Syria, according to the IS media al-Nashir News.

Posting the photograph of a young boy, purportedly Hudhayfah al-Badri, al-Baghdadi’s son, the outlet said he lost his life in an operation against the Russian forces deployed in Homs and the Syrian government forces, referred to as Nusayriyyah by IS.

“Hudhayfah al-Badri (may Allah accept him), the son of the Caliph (may Allah safeguard him), was killed in an inghimasi [suicide] operation against the Nusayriyyah and the Russians at the thermal power station in Homs Willayah,” the news outlet reported.

Inghimasi refers to suicide operations in which a fighter, clad with explosive belt and armed with regular weapons, attacks an enemy position before detonating himself to inflict as much damage on the enemy as possible.

The U.S. military said it has seen the reports of al-Badri’s death but declined any confirmation.

“It would be inappropriate for us to comment on an attack on forces outside the Coalition. We have nothing more to provide,” U.S. Central Command told VOA.

An Iraqi national, al-Baghdadi, whose real name is Ibrahim Awad al-Badri, announced the Islamic State caliphate in the city of Mosul in June 2014 and made himself its caliph. The leader has since become the world’s most wanted man, with a $25 million bounty on his head.

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Al-Baghdadi’s fate is still unknown, with various reports claiming his death and injury several times, including a claim by the Russian Defense Ministry that he might have been hit by a Russian airstrike in 2017.

Those claims have been rejected by U.S. officials and the whereabouts of the elusive leader remain unknown.

Al-Baghdadi’s infamous role in IS has put a spotlight on his family. In March 2014, al-Baghdadi’s wife, Sujidah al-Dulaimi, was released, along with her two sons and daughter, in exchange for 13 nuns taken captive by al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front militants.

Also read: Will the Latest Message From Islamic State Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Provoke New Attacks in the West?

It was reported that only the girl was al-Baghdadi’s daughter. The two boys belonged to a man his wife had married before meeting al-Baghdadi. (IANS)