Iraqi army forces on Wednesday (April 4th) detained the Islamic State of Iraq's "emir of Mosul".
"The so-called Abu Abd al-Baghdadi was arrested in a military operation launched by a special unit of the Iraqi army east of Mosul," Defence Ministry spokesperson Maj. Gen. Mohammad al-Askeri told Mawtani.
The operation involved a raid on an al-Qaeda hideout that was inside of a building that had offices that sold and bought residential and commercial real estate, according to al-Askeri.
Al-Baghdadi did not put up any resistance during his arrest, he said.
Al-Askeri said al-Baghdadi, 47, became the organisation's emir in Mosul after the former emir, Abu Talha, died last year in a conflict with the Iraqi army.
Al-Baghdadi represents the first generation of al-Qaeda in Iraq, and he participated in numerous clashes in Fallujah, Tal Afar, Qaim and Samarra, in addition to launching various terrorist operations, al-Askeri said.
He said al-Baghdadi's arrest was "a positive indicator of the performance of the security and intelligence services, especially [Iraq's] military intelligence and [its] national intelligence service".
Lt. Col. Abdul Raheem al-Atwany, spokesperson for Ninawa Operations Command, told Mawtani, "Thirty members of a commando force who were trained to storm buildings and carry out highly risky missions took part in the operation."
Al-Atwany said the force that conducted the raid found explosives and weapons hidden in a recently built underground cache.
The cache contained 900 kilogrammes of explosives, forty-three 120-mm calibre mortar rounds, 21 explosive charges and two Katyusha rockets, and five small barrels containing black powder used to manufacture explosive charges.
The force also found "identifications and weapons belonging to security personnel who were killed by this terrorist and his cohorts", said Abdul Raheem al-Shammary, chairman of Ninawa Provincial Council's defence and security committee.
"[Al-Baghdadi] was also involved in the recent Haditha attacks which targeted the Iraqi security forces," al-Shammary told Mawtani.
Al-Shammary said al-Baghdadi "provided a huge amount of important information, not only regarding Mosul, but also on al-Qaeda's leadership and its cells in various parts of Iraq".
Hassan al-Sunaid, the chairman of parliament's defence and security committee, praised al- Baghdadi's arrest.
He called on the Iraqi forces to "keep pressure on the terrorist groups to detain more al-Qaeda leaders while maintaining a balance in the operations in a way that does not threaten human rights in Iraq".