Iraq publishes most wanted list headed by ISIS leader

An image captured from a video posted on a militant website purporting to show the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq during his first public appearance. (AP)

Iraqi authorities published a list of most wanted fugitives on Tuesday headed by elusive ISIS group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his number two.

It was the second list Iraq had published this week of people wanted on suspicion of belonging to ISIS, al-Qaeda or the Baath Party of executed dictator Saddam Hussein.

“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 told AFP.

The ISIS leader appears on the list under his real name Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarrai.

His deputy is listed as Abdel Rahman al-Qaduli rather than his nom de guerre Abu Alaa al-Afari.

Seven other Iraqis are on the list as are five foreigners accused of ISIS membership -- two Saudis, a Jordanian, a Yemeni and a Qatari.

Sunday’s list contained the names of 60 wanted suspect, all but one of them Iraqis.

It includes the name of Saddam’s daughter Raghad, who lives in neighboring Jordan.

It also features 28 suspected IS jihadists, 12 from Al-Qaeda and 20 Baathists.

Last Update: Tuesday, 6 February 2018 KSA 16:33 - GMT 13:33

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