Five Top Islamic State Commanders Captured

11 May, 2018, 00:54 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • A man walks past a campaign poster of Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al Abadi ahead of the parliamentary election in Najaf Iraq

Donald Trump has tweeted to say that the five most wanted leaders of ISIS have been captured.

The terrorist, who was in charge of making bank transfers into the accounts the IS maintains in different countries and one of Abu Bakr's closest confidants, was captured by Turkish authorities and handed over to Iraq.

Iraqi agents were then able to use the Telegram messaging app on his mobile phone to lure four other Islamic State commanders across the border from Syria into Iraq, where they were captured.

Those arrested included Saddam al-Jammel, a Syrian who had been the head of the ISIS territory around Deir el-Zour, and Abu Abdel al-Haq, an Iraqi who had been the head of internal security for the group.

The U.S. -led coalition supported Iraqi ground forces and Syrian fighters known as the Syrian Democratic Forces in the more than three-year war against IS. An official said of al-Baghdadi: "His movements are discreet and he never travels in a convoy".

Iraqi agents who carried out the mission to capture the leaders were joined by members of an American-led coalition fighting against the Islamic State on both sides of the Iraqi-Syrian border.

Abadi declared final victory last December over the ultra-hardline group, which overran a third of Iraq in 2014.

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 previous year.


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