Trump hails capture of 5 most-wanted IS leaders


Ismail al-Eithawai, who was responsible for transferring funds into Islamic State bank accounts in different nations, was captured by Turkish authorities in February and was later handed over to Iraqi leaders.

The group swept through a third of Iraqi territory in 2014, but all towns and villages were recaptured after more than three years of fighting by government and Kurdish forces backed by a USA -led coalition, and Shi'ite militias backed by Iran.

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.

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. They were shown in yellow prisoner uniforms.

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Apart from Eithawi and Jamal, the operation captured three field commanders: Syrian Mohamed al-Qadeer and two Iraqis, Omar al-Karbouli and Essam al-Zawbai, Hashimi said.

Late last month, Daesh spokesman Abu Hassan al-Muhajir stated that members of the terror outfit would attack polling stations, voters and candidates during national Iraqi elections, which are set to take place on Saturday.

Abadi declared final victory last December over the ultra-hardline group within Iraq.