Iraqi intelligence refutes reports on IS leader al-Baghdadi's death

Iraqi intelligence refutes reports on IS leader al-Baghdadi's death

Iraqi intelligence refutes reports on IS leader al-Baghdadi's death

Iraqi counter-terrorism units detained twenty female Islamic State members from a tunnel discovered under a Mosul Old City neighbourhood, days after the recapture of the city.

Weeks later the head of the terrorist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, announced the formation of a self-styled caliphate in Iraq and Syria from the pulpit of a Mosul mosque.

Last week, Iraq declared the complete liberation of Mosul some three years after the northern city fell to Daesh terrorists.

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"The women had weapons and explosive belts meant for attacking Iraqi troops" and included citizens of Germany, Russia, the Russian region of Chechnya, Turkey, Canada, Libya, and Syria, an official said.

In relevant remarks last Tuesday, Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri underlined that the Iraqi army and popular forces actually defeated the USA and other supporters of terrorists by capturing Mosul and Iraq's territories.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi announced the liberation of Mosul on 10 July, describing it as an "absolute victory" after months of fierce fighting with Daesh.

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The Mosul offensive has taken much longer than expected, with Iraqi government advances slowed by the need to avoid civilian casualties.

Daesh stronghold in Syria's Raqqa is also close to falling.

Overall, the United Nations has estimated 10,000 buildings were ruined during the nine months of battling between US -backed forces and ISIS militants, mostly in the Old City neighborhood.

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Security operations against the ISIL militants in Mosul left 25,000 militants killed, according to an Iraqi commander that led the war to retake Iraq's second largest city.

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