The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces during a military operation against the Islamic State in northern Syria
11 May, 2018, 11:19
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 is the latest defeat for the extremist group, which has lost almost all the territory it once held in Iraq and Syria.
One by one, men in yellow jumpsuits and handcuffs admitted to being top ISIS leaders.
Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway, said the USA credited Iraqi security forces with the militants' capture "on the Iraq-Syria border". Trump tweeted, referring to a coordinated operation to arrest the men by Iraqi and U.S. intelligence agencies, Efe reported.
First came the capture of Ismail al-Eithawi, described as a close aide to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Following the airstrike, the paper reports, US and Iraqi agents persuaded al-Ithawi to help set a trap and convince the other ISIS leaders to leave Syria and enter Iraq.
The Iraqi government said information gather during interrogations led to an air strike it claims killed another 40 ISIS terrorists.
It should be noted President Trump's CIA director nominee, Gina Haspel, is now the acting director at the agency.
"The noose is tightening around him", Iraqi security adviser Hisham al-Hashimi told Reuters on Thursday, referring to the ISIS leader Baghdadi.
Iraqi agents used the Telegram messaging app on Eithawi's mobile phone to lure other Islamic State commanders to cross the border from Syria into Iraq, where they were captured, Hashimi said. "So if he went away, it would splinter apart".
Last December, officials in Baghdad declared that Daesh's military presence in Iraq had been all but dismantled over operations backed by the US -led International Alliance. The shooters in that incident pledged their allegiance to the ISIS leader.