President Trump tweets 5 key ISIS leaders captured

11 May, 2018, 01:10 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Final push to 'destroy Islamic State' in Syria underway Coalition

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

Iraqi forces in co-ordination with US -backed Syrian forces have captured five senior leaders of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group, the USA -led coalition said Thursday in a statement. The arrest is a significant blow to Daesh & demonstrates close coordination between #ISF & #SDF in their fight to #defeatDaesh.

Iraqi and U.S. intelligence spent several weeks interrogating Abu Zeid to acquire information about the location of the other leaders, who were in hiding.

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The leaders were taken in Iraq after months of strategic planning by the US, including the CIA, Turkey and Iraqi forces.

Earlier this month, the coalition announced a drive to clear the final pockets of ISIS territory inside Syria.

Five senior Islamic State (ISIS) leaders have been captured in a sting operation orchestrated by American and Iraqi intelligence.

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The ISIS leaders are said to have featured in a series of sick execution videos, filmed when the extremist group controlled large swathes of Iraq.

A man purported to be ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi making what would have been his first public appearance, at a mosque in the centre of Iraq's second city, Mosul, on July 5, 2014.

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

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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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