Trump hails capture of 5 most-wanted IS leaders

Trump hails capture of 5 most-wanted IS leaders

United States president Donald Trump has confirmed that five "most wanted" ISIS commanders have been captured, in an apparent reference to the leaders of the group recently detained in Iraq.

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted about the anti-ISIS raid Thursday, saying those arrested were the "five most wanted" ISIS "leaders". Trump wrote in a post on Twitter, providing no further details.

The three-month operation, which tracked a group of senior Islamic State leaders who had been hiding in Syria and Turkey, represents a significant intelligence victory for the American-led coalition fighting the extremist group and underscores the strengthening relationship between Washington and Baghdad.

The paper reports that the operation began after Turkish authorities arrested a top aide to ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in February and extradited him to Iraq.

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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According to the Independent, the men were captured after they tricked by Iraqi intelligence services into crossing the Syrian border.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said last month he would "take all necessary measures" against militants based in Syria.

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. The Iraqi air force has carried out several airstrikes since previous year against ISIS positions in Syrian territory.

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

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