ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Iraqi authorities on Sunday released a list of names of 60 most-wanted people who allegedly belong to the Islamic State (IS), al-Qaeda, or the former Iraqi regime’s Ba’ath Party.
The list also includes the name of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s daughter Raghad, who currently lives in Jordan, AFP reported.
The wanted list contains the names of 28 people suspected of belonging to IS, 12 from al-Qaeda, and 20 Ba’athists as well as details of their roles within their organizations, crimes they committed, and photographs.
According to AFP, all of the suspects are Iraqis except for Maan Bashour, a Lebanese man accused of recruiting people from Lebanon to fight in Iraq.
One notable absentee from the list is IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi whose exclusion senior Iraqi security officials did not provide details.
“These are terrorists most wanted by the judicial authorities and the security services,” a security official was quoted by AFP. “This is the first time we publish these names which, until now, were secret.”
The alleged IS fighters on the list are suspected of being involved in the nine-month-long battle to liberate Mosul and surrounding areas, including Nineveh, Kirkuk, Diyala, and Anbar.
The extremists are also accused of murders, bombings, attacks on security forces, and the financing and transport of weapons, AFP said.
The list is released at a time when the Iraqi government has vowed to rid the country of remaining IS sleeper cells and other terrorist groups.
Random, unclaimed attacks continue to occur in Iraq despite Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s “final victory” announcement last December to signal the military defeat of the extremist group in the country.