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Security forces capture Baghdadi's right-hand in Anbar

The Iraqi security forces in Western al-Anbar captured one of the key deputies of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who is reportedly aware of the hideout of the terrorist group's top commander.

Abd Malaji Akil, one of al-Baghdadi's deputies and close aides, was arrested in the town of al-Ratbah in the desert area of al-Nakhib region.

A security official said in press remarks that al-Akil as the right-hand man of al-Baghdadi, saying that he knows his commander's hideout and his capture could help the operations to trap al-Baghdadi and the ISIS remnants in different parts of al-Anbar province. 

Al-Akil was one of the ISIS commanders who has collaborated in killing a number of Iraqi security forces and civilians in desert areas of al-Anbar province recently.

"Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is still alive and is in Syria," the Arabic-language service of Russia Today (RT) television quoted an Iraqi intelligence source as saying on condition of anonymity.

The source said that al-Baghdadi had moved along Iraq-Syria border while disguising and in the absence of his armed men or security convoys.