Trump Says 'Five Most Wanted Leaders Of ISIS Captured'

Casey Dawson
May 11, 2018

President Trump announced Thursday on Twitter that several leaders of the terror group ISIS were apprehended in a recent operation. Iraqi intelligence officials told the New York Times that one of the men, Ismail Alwaan al-Ithawi, who is described as a top aide to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was arrested in Turkey by Turkish forces in February.

Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway, said the US credited Iraqi security forces with the militants' capture "on the Iraq-Syria border".

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

Originally from Iraq, Baghdadi has been dubbed the "most wanted man on the planet" and the United States is offering a $25 million reward for his capture.

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The US-led coalition supported Iraqi ground forces and Syrian fighters known as the Syrian Democratic Forces in the more than three- year war against ISIS.

Two Iraqi intelligence officials said those captured included four Iraqis and one Syrian whose responsibilities included governing the Islamic State's territory around Deir al-Zour, Syria, directing internal security and running the administrative body that oversees religious rulings.

The self-styled caliph is still at large and believed to be hiding in the cross border area between Iraq and Syria. An official said of al-Baghdadi: "His movements are discreet and he never travels in a convoy". At the height of the group's power their self-proclaimed caliphate stretched from the edges of Aleppo in Syria to just north of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

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