President Trump tweets five most wanted ISIS targets have been captured

Friday, 11 May, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump later tweeted "Five Most Wanted leaders of ISIS just captured!"

President Trump announced Thursday morning five ISIS leaders have been captured.

Iraqi agents were then able to use the Telegram messaging app on his mobile phone to lure four other Islamic State commanders across the border from Syria into Iraq, where they were captured.

The five men are not believed to include ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi.

An Iraqi unit responsible for undercover missions had traced one of those detained - Ismail Alwaan al-Ithawi, known as Abu Zeid al-Iraqi - from Syria to the Turkish city of Sakarya, about 100 miles east of Istanbul, the Times reported.

Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway, said the US credited Iraqi security forces with the militants' capture "on the Iraq-Syria border".

The result of the three-month operation to capture the terrorist leaders, who had been hiding in Syria and Turkey, represents an important victory for the Iraqi and United States intelligence agencies.

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The ISIS leaders who were apprehended do not include al-Baghdadi, a senior USA official confirmed to CBS News' Margaret Brennan.

His tweet came after Iraqi officials confirmed the results of the three-month cross-border operation.

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said: "His movements are discreet and he never travels in a convoy".

We will remind that on may 6, military-air forces of Iraq attacked a position of the command of the ISIS terrorists in Syria.

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

The militant group swept into Iraq in the summer of 2014, taking control of almost a third of the country. But the militants still pose a threat along the border with Syria and have continued to carry out ambushes, killings and bombings across Iraq.