Iraqi authorities have published a fresh list of most wanted terrorists headed by the name of the fugitive leader of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarrai aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and his deputy.
Baghdadi’s number two is listed as Abdel Rahman al-Qaduli rather than his nom de guerre Abu Alaa al-Afari.
Seven other Iraqi nationals are on the list as are five foreigners – two Saudis, a Jordanian, a Yemeni and a Qatari – accused of affiliation to Daesh Takfiri terrorist groups
“They are more dangerous than those who appeared on the first list published on Sunday and they are wanted internationally whereas the others are wanted only by the Iraqi courts,” a security official said on condition of anonymity.
On Sunday, Iraqi security services released the names of 60 people wanted over membership in Daesh and al-Qaeda Takfiri terror outfits as well as the banned Ba'ath Party of slain dictator Saddam Hussein.
The list includes the name of Saddam’s eldest daughter, Raghad, who lives in Jordan under the protection of King Abdullah II, but her whereabouts remain unknown.
In August 2007, the International Criminal Police Organization, more commonly known as Interpol, circulated an arrest warrant for Raghad, on suspicions that she and her aides had been assisting militancy and terrorist attacks in Iraq.
The list also features 28 suspected Daesh Takfiris, 12 al-Qaeda militants and 20 Ba’athists, giving details of their roles in their outfits as well as the acts of terror they have perpetrated.
On December 9, 2017, Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared the end of military operations against the Daesh terrorist group in the Arab country.
“Our forces are in complete control of the Iraqi-Syrian border and I therefore announce the end of the war against Daesh,” Abadi told a conference in Baghdad then.
On July 10, Abadi formally declared victory over Daesh extremists in Mosul, which served as the terrorists’ main urban stronghold in the conflict-ridden Arab country.
In the run-up to Mosul's liberation, Iraqi army soldiers and volunteer Hashd al-Sha’abi fighters had made sweeping gains against Daesh.
The Iraqi forces took control of eastern Mosul in January 2017 after 100 days of fighting, and launched the battle in the west on February 19 last year.
Daesh began a terror campaign in Iraq in 2014, overrunning vast swathes in lightning attacks.