Iraq captures 5 prime ISIS suspects in cross-border raid

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The self-styled caliph is still at large and believed to be hiding in the cross border area between Iraq and Syria.

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted in regards to the anti-ISIS raid Thursday, saying these arrested had been the "5 most wished" ISIS "leaders".

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. Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway, a Pentagon spokesman.

Iraqi officials have described the ISIS commanders as "some of the most wanted" leaders of the terrorist group.

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The high-ranking jihadist leaders were taken prisoner in a joint US-Iraqi operation as they attempted to cross into Iraq from Syria.

Ismail al-Eithawi, who also uses the alias Abu Zaid al-Iraqi, was nabbed in February in Turkey by Turkish authorities and handed over to Iraqi agents, Iraqi security advisor Hisham al-Hashimi told Reuters. The official wasn't approved to debate the targets publicly and requested anonymity.

"The noose is tightening around him", Hashimi said, referring to Baghdadi, whose real name is Ibrahim al-Samarrai.

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None of the statements from the president or the coalition named the individuals.

ISIS fighters swept into Iraq in the summertime of 2014, taking management of practically a 3rd of the nation.

Now, with the group's bodily caliphate largely destroyed, anti-ISIS operations are more and more centered on concentrating on the extremists' remaining management.

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