Five 'most-wanted' ISIS commanders have been captured, Trump says

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

Hashimi said the operation was carried out in cooperation with US forces, part of an American-led coalition fighting against Islamic State on both sides of the Iraqi-Syrian border.

The President of the United States Donald trump confirmed that the prisoner was captured five "most wanted" leaders of the terrorist organization Islamic state.

It was unclear what standards, if any, Trump was utilizing to explain the ISIS operatives because the "5 most wished".

Abadi said Iraqi forces are already deployed at the Sulaimani and Erbil airports, further elaborating on the status of the central government's presence in the Kurdistan Region with "even the Iraqi Intelligence Service [active] in the region". The arrest is a significant blow to Daesh & demonstrates close coordination between #ISF & #SDF in their fight to #defeatDaesh. Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway, a Pentagon spokesman.

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A statement released by the Pentagon later Thursday congratulated Iraqi security forces on the capture "of ISIS leaders on the Iraq-Syria border". "The coalition is not in a position to confirm details on the captured leaders, and we have no additional information to offer at this time".

The officials, who had been hiding in Syria and Turkey, according to The New York Times, included a top aide to ISIS leader Abu Bakr Baghdadi known as Ismail Alwaan Ithawi.

At least five senior Islamic State officials have been captured in a three-month operation by Iraqi and American intelligence that involved phone apps and the breaking of secret bank accounts and communication codes, according to news reports.

The group has been shown on Iraqi TV dressed in yellow prison uniforms. The mission was dubbed "Operation 732" by Iraqi intelligence.

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