Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Exploring The Last Known Iraqi Hideout Of Islamic State Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

The Guardian: Booby-traps … but no Baghdadi: the men cleaning up after Isis in northern Iraq

Four days after Islamic State fighters were routed from the town of Ba’aj, Shia militia forces discover suicide belts and remnants of sharia bureaucracy – but no sign of the terror group’s leader

At the heart of the town that had sheltered him, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s presence still lurked in ransacked files and ruined buildings. It had been four days since the Islamic State fighters had fled Ba’aj, taking with them all they could as they headed for a last stand in the deserts of Syria. But despite their haste, the fleeing extremists left behind clues to how much this small, forsaken corner of north-western Iraq mattered to the world’s most dangerous terror group, and its fugitive leader.

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WNU Editor: It is going to take generations for this part of Iraq to rehabilitate itself from what the Islamic State did.

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