Trump announces capture of five ISIS leaders

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Intelligence officers had tracked them for three months as they made their way through Turkey and Syria, the New York Times reported.

The US-led coalition says Iraqi forces in coordination with US-backed Syrian forces have captured five senior ISIS group leaders.

Iraq announced on Wednesday it had seized five top Islamic State group commanders, after an intelligence operation lured the fighters - including a close aide of the group's leader - across the border, according to state TV.

The President of the United States Donald trump confirmed that the prisoner was captured five "most wanted" leaders of the terrorist organization Islamic state.

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.

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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.

Following Eithawi's capture, Iraqi and American intelligence agents were able to uncover bank accounts used by the group and also secret communication codes he used, Hashimi said.

They were named as Saddam al-Jammel, Mohammed al-Qadeer, Ismail al-Eithawi, Omar al-Karbouli and Essam al-Zawbai.

A man purported to be ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi making what would have been his first public appearance, at a mosque in the centre of Iraq's second city, Mosul, on July 5, 2014. An official said of al-Baghdadi: "His movements are discreet and he never travels in a convoy".

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