Donald Trump lauds capture of five Islamic State commanders by Iraq

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"Five Most Wanted leaders of ISIS just captured!".

NYT cited two unnamed Iraqi intelligence officials who said those captured included four Iraqis and one Syrian "whose responsibilities included governing [IS'] territory around Deir al-Zor, Syria, directing internal security, and running the administrative body that oversees religious rulings".

The news comes just after Islamic State militants re-pledged their loyalty to the group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi last month.

The men have now appeared on iraqi state television in yellow jump suits.

Ithawi was arrested on February 15 by Turkish security forces and handed over to Iraq.

The Iraqi forces took control of eastern Mosul in January 2017 after 100 days of fighting, and launched the battle in the west on February 19 past year.

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They were arrested by Iraqi authorities after they crossed the border.

US officials view al-Baghdadi as a threat because in the last few years he has inspired attacks in the USA, such as the 2015 San Bernardino attack which killed 14.

According to sources, Iraqi troops detained the top commanders of the terror group by luring them into crossing the Syrian border into Iraq as part of a US -led sting operation.

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.

The tweet was flooded with praise for the USA president.

According to the Independent, the men were captured after they tricked by Iraqi intelligence services into crossing the Syrian border.

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