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    Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi will be hard to capture alive as, according to the intelligence, he is sleeping in a suicide vest, the spokesman for the US-led coalition’s Combined Joint Task Force in Iraq said Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in December, the United States increased reward for information on al-Baghdadi to $25 million from $10 million.

    "So what we’ve heard through intelligence and open sources, and I don’t know if we can verify these, is that he [al-Baghdadi] sleeps in a suicide vest, so we’ll see how that plays out," Col. John Dorrian said, as quoted by the Rudaw news agency.

    Dorrian added that Daesh continued to spread its propaganda amid the intensification of the Iraqi forces' operation to clear the city of Mosul from the terrorists, but the civilians saw that the terrorists were telling lies.

    "Prior to the Mosul operations, Daesh told the civilians that the Iraqi Security Forces would kill them; instead, they’ve protected them… The people of Mosul see through Daesh’s lies," Dorrian was quoted as saying.

    In late December, US media reported, citing unnamed sources, that the country's authorities were aware of some of al-Baghdadi's movements.


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