Trump Says 'Five Most Wanted Leaders Of ISIS Captured'

Posted May 11, 2018

The tweet did not specify when or where the five were captured or give any names, but it did categorize the individuals as "key ISIS leaders" rather than "most wanted" as stated in Trump's post.

Ismail al-Eithawi, who also uses the alias Abu Zaid al-Iraqi, was captured in February in Turkey by Turkish authorities and handed over to Iraqi agents, Iraqi security advisor Hisham al-Hashimi told Reuters on Thursday.

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Iraq has opened polling stations for security forces as well as expatriates in the first national elections since the Arab state declared victory over the Takfiri Daesh terror group. But the militants still pose a threat along the border with Syria and have continued to carry out ambushes, killings and bombings across Iraq.

Those arrested included Saddam al-Jammel, a Syrian who had been the head of the ISIS territory around Deir el-Zour, and Abu Abdel al-Haq, an Iraqi who had been the head of internal security for the group.

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Special voting is expected to take place at almost 500 polling stations for groups not able to vote on Saturday, a lot of them from the almost one million-strong security forces assigned to protect polling stations.

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.

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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.