Iraqi forces capture 5 Islamic State leaders

Iraqi security forces walk to a checkpoint training area at Camp Taji, Iraq, Oct. 7, 2017. Camp Taji is one of four Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve locations dedicated to training partner forces and enhancing their effectiveness on the battlefield. On Wednesday, Iraqi forces announced they captured five Islamic State leaders. DoD photo by Army Spc. Alexander Holmes

May 11 (UPI) — Iraqi forces captured five senior Islamic State leaders at the culmination of a three-month operation, Iraqi officials said.

The New York Times reported the arrests were part of sting carried out by Iraqi and U.S. intelligence. Rudaw reported the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces also were involved in the cross-border operation.

Among those captured Wednesday were four Iraqis and one Syrian — one of them was identified as Saddam Omar Hussein, who had previously been reported killed. Iraq’s Central Investigative Court interrogated Hussein under the “direct supervision” of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

Those captured allegedly were responsible for governing Islamic State territory near Der al-Zour, Syria, overseeing religious rulings and managing internal security.

U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed the news on Twitter, proclaiming, “Five Most Wanted leaders of ISIS just captured!”


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