ISIS chief was ‘civilian detainee’ in U.S. custody

Documents show that ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was held as a ‘civilian detainee’ during his U.S. army custody a decade ago

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Declassified military documents obtained by a U.S. news website showed on Wednesday that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group, was held as a “civilian detainee” during his U.S. army custody a decade ago.

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His detainee identification papers, obtained by current affairs site Business Insider, also contained his picture.

While being a “civilian detainee” shows that Baghdadi was not believed to be a member of a foreign armed force or militia, he was still held for security reasons.

It also showed his “capture date” starting on Feb. 4, 2004 and ending on Dec. 8, 2004 as his “release in place” date.

His “civilian occupation” was identified as “administrative work (secretary).”

In the files, Baghdadi was listed as aged 43 as of 2014 and he was identified by his birth name, Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim al-Badry.

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