Five most wanted leaders of ISIS taken prisoner

Five most wanted leaders of ISIS taken prisoner

The group has been shown on Iraqi TV dressed in yellow prison uniforms.

The New York Times, citing two unidentified Iraqi officials, reported that the five included Ismail Alwaan al-Ithawi, who is described as a top aide to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the secretive leader of the Islamic State's so-called caliphate that he declared in 2014.

Iraqi agents then used the Telegram messaging app on his mobile phone to lure four commanders from the group to cross the border from Syria into Iraq and into a trap, security advisor Hisham al-Hashimi told Reuters on Thursday.

Iraqi agents who carried out the mission to capture the leaders were joined by members of an American-led coalition fighting against the Islamic State on both sides of the Iraqi-Syrian border.

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

President Donald Trump confirmed on Thursday that the five "most-wanted" ISIS leaders have been captured.

It was unclear what standards, if any, Trump was utilizing to explain the ISIS operatives because the "5 most wished".

Apart from Eithawi and Jamal, the operation captured three field commanders: Syrian Mohamed al-Qadeer and two Iraqis, Omar al-Karbouli and Essam al-Zawbai, Hashimi said.

After Iraqi forces retook the Iraqi metropolis of Mosul from ISIS final summer season, Syrian forces on the opposite aspect of the border claimed a sequence of swift victories, however the marketing campaign was stalled lately when Turkey launched a cross-border raid into Syria's north.

Last December, officials in Baghdad declared that Daesh's military presence in Iraq had been all but dismantled over operations backed by the USA -led International Alliance.

"Iraq will continue airstrikes in Syria and will do more to eliminate Daesh group".

There are some 5,000 US troops in Iraq training the country's military.

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