Five most wanted leaders of ISIS taken prisoner

11 May, 2018, 04:51 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • 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

In a tweet this afternoon, the United States leader said: "Five Most Wanted leaders of ISIS just captured!".

Iraqi army and police troops on Thursday began voting in parliamentary elections, the country's first since Baghdad declared that it had defeated Islamic State militants in late 2017.

The arrests were part of a three-month long operation which tracked a number of senior figures who were known to be hiding out in Syria and Turkey.

Reuters said Iraqi state TV showed the five men in yellow prisoner outfits and called them "some of the most wanted" leaders of the group.

Turkish security forces arrested him on February 15 and he was extradited to Iraq.

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

Information about the other ISIS leaders came from Ithawi during his weeks of interrogation, which led to their capture and arrest, according to the officials.

The U.S. -led coalition in the fight against the terror group released a statement confirming the news. But the militants still pose a threat along the border with Syria and have continued to carry out ambushes, killings and bombings across Iraq.

The Iraqi government said information gather during interrogations led to an air strike it claims killed another 40 ISIS terrorists. The apprehended ISIS officials include Abu Abdel al-Haq, who had handled internal security for the group, Saddam al-Jammel, who governed some ISIS territory in eastern Syria.



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