President Trump tweets five most wanted ISIS targets have been captured

President Trump tweets five most wanted ISIS targets have been captured

President Trump tweets five most wanted ISIS targets have been captured

Iraqi agents are holding a top aide to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and used an app on his mobile phone to lure four commanders from the group into a trap, a security advisor to the Iraqi government said on Thursday.

"Only that captured the five most wanted leaders of ISIS", he said on Twitter, without specifying details.

According to the Independent, the men were captured after they tricked by Iraqi intelligence services into crossing the Syrian border.

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. 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. An official said of al-Baghdadi: "His movements are discreet and he never travels in a convoy".

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has previously vowed to "take all necessary measures" against members based in Syria, with the Iraqi air force carrying out a number of airstrikes in areas believed to contain ISIS members in the country.

After Iraqi forces retook the Iraqi city of Mosul from IS last summer, Syrian forces on the other side of the border claimed a series of swift victories, but the campaign was stalled recently when Turkey launched a cross-border raid into Syria's north.

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 past year.

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