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Iraq court condemns to death 'deputy of ISIS leader'

An Iraqi court on Wednesday (September 19th) sentenced a prominent extremist described as a deputy of "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to death on terrorism charges, AFP reported.

"The Karkh criminal court in Baghdad sentenced to death by hanging one of the most prominent leaders of ISIS, who served as a deputy of al-Baghdadi," judicial spokesman Abdel Sattar Bayraqdar said.

Ismail Alwan Salman al-Ithawi was extradited from Turkey earlier this year having fled Syria as the group's self-proclaimed "caliphate" crumbled.

He was tracked and detained through co-operation between Turkish, Iraqi and US intelligence agencies, a senior Iraqi official told AFP in February.

A native of Ramadi, al-Ithawi was accused of holding several positions including ISIS "minister" in charge of religious edicts.

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