Five ISIS Leaders Caught After Three Month Long Intelligence Operation

Five ISIS Leaders Caught After Three Month Long Intelligence Operation

"#Iraq captures 5 key Daesh leaders during #OperationRoundup". 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.

Hashimi referred to Eithawi and Jamal as "the two most senior Islamic State figures ever to be captured alive".

"Only that captured the five most wanted leaders of ISIS", he said on Twitter, without specifying details.

The capture was announced on Iraqi state television on Wednesday, and confirmed by President Trump on Thursday, who tweeted "Five Most Wanted leaders of ISIS just captured!".

Officials then got Ithawi to persuade the other ISIS officials to move closer to a trap set up by Iraqi and American forces, where they were arrested.




Following the airstrike, the paper reports, USA and Iraqi agents persuaded al-Ithawi to help set a trap and convince the other ISIS leaders to leave Syria and enter Iraq.

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.

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

Last year, the Pentagon said that there were "some indicators" that al-Baghdadi was still alive a month after Russian Federation claimed to have killed him in a strike near the Syrian city of Raqqa.

Islamic State militants last month restated their loyalty to Baghdadi, in what is believed to be their first public pledge of allegiance to him since his self-proclaimed caliphate in Syria and Iraq collapsed past year.

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