Trump hails capture of 5 most-wanted IS leaders

Glen Norman
May 11, 2018

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

Iraqi officials have described the ISIS commanders as "some of the most wanted" leaders of the terrorist group.

According to the New York Times, a cross-border sting using intelligence from both the USA and Iraq has resulted in the capture of the five senior figures. They were named as Saddam al-Jammel, Mohamed al-Qadeer, Ismail al-Eithawi, Omar al-Karbouli and Essam al-Zawbai and were shown in yellow prisoner uniforms.


Two Iraqi intelligence officer said that among the captured militants - four Iraqis and one Syrian, whose responsibilities include the management of controlled ISIS territory around Deir AZ-Zaur in Syria.

President Donald Trump on Thursday hailed the fact that five of the "most wanted" Islamic State leaders have been captured recently, including Abu Zeid al-Iraqi, one of the main collaborators of the organisation's chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. An official said of al-Baghdadi: "His movements are discreet and he never travels in a convoy".

"#Iraq captures 5 key Daesh leaders during #OperationRoundup".


Around 1 million soldiers, police and other security personnel voted across Iraq Thursday in the first national elections since the country declared victory over Daesh (ISIS).

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".

But the militants still pose a threat along the border with Syria and have continued to carry out ambushes, killings and bombings across Iraq.


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