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Exclusive: Iraq used Baghdadi aide’s phone to capture Islamic State commanders

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A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Mosul, July 2014. REUTERS/via Reuters TV

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi agents are holding a top aide to Islamic State 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.


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Ismail al-Eithawi, who also uses the alias Abu Zaid al-Iraqi, was captured in February in Turkey by Turkish authorities and handed over to Iraqi agents, Iraqi security advisor Hisham al-Hashimi told Reuters on Thursday.

Hashimi described Eithawi as a direct aide to Islamic State leader Baghdadi, responsible for funds transfers to the group’s bank accounts in different countries.

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