Iraqi forces capture 5 top ISIS leaders along Syria border, USA says

11 May, 2018, 01:06 | Author: Irene Delgado
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Ryan Dillon tweeted on Thursday that Iraq captured five key ISIS leaders as part of Operation Roundup.

"#Iraq captures 5 key Daesh leaders during #OperationRoundup". Iraqi intelligence officials told the New York Times that one of the men, Ismail Alwaan al-Ithawi, who is described as a top aide to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was arrested in Turkey by Turkish forces in February.

President Trump announced Thursday on Twitter that several leaders of the terror group ISIS were apprehended in a recent operation.

According to the New York Times, a cross-border sting using intelligence from both the U.S. and Iraq has resulted in the capture of the five senior figures.

The result of the three-month operation to capture the terrorist leaders, who had been hiding in Syria and Turkey, represents an important victory for the Iraqi and USA intelligence agencies.

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Reports claim the Iraqi-American intelligence team used a messaging app on the phone of a ISIS member who had previously been captured to lure the men across the border where they were captured by Iraqi authorities.

A USA national security official said there were no indications that the operation had captured Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS who has always been the coalition's top target.

"The noose is tightening around him", Hashimi said, referring to Baghdadi, whose real name is Ibrahim al-Samarrai.

The official said 39 IS fighters had been killed in cross-border air raids by Iraqi forces in Syria over the past few weeks and that the group had seen a "sharp decrease" in numbers.

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