Trump hails capture of 5 most-wanted IS leaders

Hugh Fox
May 11, 2018

The ISIS officials were captured in a joint operation carried about by American and Iraqi intelligence, according to The New York Times.

The U.S. -led coalition says Iraqi forces in coordination with U.S. -backed Syrian forces have captured five senior Islamic State group leaders.

The list did not include ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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The men have since appeared on Iraqi television in yellow prison uniforms; with officials describing them as "some of the most wanted" leaders of the terrorist group.

Iraqi forces reportedly sent information on Ithaw to Turkish authorities, who arrested him in February and moved him to Iraq.

US officials view al-Baghdadi as a threat because in the last few years he has inspired attacks in the USA, such as the 2015 San Bernardino attack which killed 14.

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The arrests come as ISIS continues to lose significant territory in the Middle East. But al-Baghdadi is believed to still be operating on the border between Syria and Iraq.

The US-led coalition has supported Iraqi troops as well as Kurdish-led forces in the years-long war against IS, providing air support as well as military advice and assistance.

USA and Iraqi officials have spent week interrogating him and uncovering details of other ISIS leaders, the Straits Times reported.

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Saddam al-Jammel, a Syrian who had headed the IS operations near the eastern Syrian town of Deir al-Zour, and Abu Abdel al-Haq, an Iraqi who had been the group's head of internal security, were two of the terrorists captured, The Times reported.

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