Donald Trump lauds capture of five Islamic State commanders by Iraq

May 11, 2018, 04:23
Donald Trump lauds capture of five Islamic State commanders by Iraq

President Donald Trump on Thursday hailed the fact that five of the "most wanted" Islamic State leaders have been captured recently, including Abu Zeid al-Iraqi, one of the main collaborators of the organisation's chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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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.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said last month he would "take all necessary measures" against militants based in Syria.

Information about the other ISIS leaders came from Ithawi during his weeks of interrogation, which led to their capture and arrest, according to the officials. @CJTFOIR is committed to lasting defeat of Daesh & setting conditions for stabilization. Trump tweeted, referring to a coordinated operation to arrest the men by Iraqi and USA intelligence agencies, Efe reported.

The status of disputed territories remains one of the key issues between the Federal Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), which includes land stretching from the border of Iran to Syria, such as the towns of Khanaqin, Sinjar (Shingal), and the province of Kirkuk.

The U.S. -led coalition in the fight against the terror group released a statement confirming the news. Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway, a Pentagon spokesman.

A USA nationwide safety official mentioned there have been no indications that the operation had captured Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the chief of ISIS who has lengthy been the coalition's prime goal.

Riyadh al-Badran, an IHEC senior official, told the official Iraqiya TV channel that "he would not announce the results of the early ballot by the security forces, prisoners and the voting overseas".

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

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