Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the leader of the self-named terror organization "Islamic State" (IS).
In 2014, his militia managed to seize large swathes of northern Syria and western Iraq, declaring a "caliphate" over the area it holds. Al-Baghdadi has since take to referring to himself as "Caliph Ibrahim." The US first placed al-Baghdadi on its terrorism watch list in 2011, announcing a bounty of $10 million (8 million euros). This is a collection of DW's latest content on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The liberation of Mosul is advancing more quickly than expected, according to Iraqi officials. The US defense secretary has said Iraq and Turkey have agreed in principle on a role for Turkish forces in retaking the city.
Kurdish forces have recaptured six villages from the so-called "Islamic State" (IS), southeast of the group's stronghold of Mosul. The liberation came the day after government forces also freed a number of villages.