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 USA forces, part of an American-led coalition fighting against Islamic State on both sides of the Iraqi-Syrian border.

Iraq captured five Islamic State commanders after its intelligence services lured them into crossing from neighboring Syria, Iraqi state TV reported Wednesday.

Those held include Syrian national Saddam Jamal, who served as the so-called Daesh governor of Syria's eastern Euphrates region.

Hashimi described Eithawi as a direct aide to the cutthroat Baghdadi, responsible for money transfers to the group's bank accounts in different countries.


President Donald Trump tweeted about the incident, saying: "Five Most Wanted leaders of ISIS just captured!".

It should be noted President Trump's CIA director nominee, Gina Haspel, is now the acting director at the agency.

The result of the three-month operation to capture the terrorist leaders, who had been hiding in Syria and Turkey, represents an important victory for the Iraqi and USA intelligence agencies.

Iraqi agents who carried out the mission to capture the leaders were joined by members of an American-led coalition fighting against the Islamic State on both sides of the Iraqi-Syrian border.


"The noose is tightening around him", Hashimi said, referring to Baghdadi.

Among the IS leaders captured are four Iraqis and one Syrian, according to the New York Times, citing Iraqi sources.

We will remind that on may 6, military-air forces of Iraq attacked a position of the command of the ISIS terrorists in Syria.

Last December, officials in Baghdad declared that Daesh's military presence in Iraq had been all but dismantled over operations backed by the USA -led International Alliance.


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