Five most wanted leaders of ISIS taken prisoner

11 May, 2018, 01:07 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Girls stand in front of a campaign poster of Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al Abadi during a rally ahead of the parliamentary election in Najaf Iraq

President Donald Trump on Thursday hailed the fact that five of the "most wanted" Islamic State leaders have been captured recently, including Abu Zeid al-Iraqi, one of the main collaborators of the organisation's chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

A Pentagon spokesperson, Marine Maj.

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

"Only that captured the five most wanted leaders of ISIS", he said on Twitter, without specifying details. The arrest is a significant blow to Daesh & demonstrates close coordination between #ISF & #SDF in their fight to #defeatDaesh.

ISIS fighters no longer control significant pockets of territory inside Iraq, but do maintain a grip inside Syria along Iraq's border.

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.


Abu Zeid al-Iraqi, one of the main associates of top IS leader Abu Bakr, had been living in Turkey with his Syrian wife under his brother's identity.

"His movements are discreet and he never travels in a convoy", the official said on condition of anonymity.

The U.S. -led coalition in the fight against the terror group released a statement confirming the news.

The militant group swept into Iraq in the summer of 2014, taking control of almost a third of the country.

With the group's physical caliphate now largely destroyed, anti-ISIS operations are increasingly focused on targeting the militants' remaining leadership.

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