Sign In / Up

Add contribution as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Comment as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Login

Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using
 

Email

 

Rudaw

Iraq

Iraq captures five ‘most dangerous’ ISIS leaders

By Rudaw 10/5/2018
Questioning of at least one ISIS suspect was done under the ‘direct supervision’ of Prime Minister Abadi, pictured here posing with security force personnel while on the campaign trail in Kirkuk. Photo: Haider al-Abadi/Twitter
Questioning of at least one ISIS suspect was done under the ‘direct supervision’ of Prime Minister Abadi, pictured here posing with security force personnel while on the campaign trail in Kirkuk. Photo: Haider al-Abadi/Twitter
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraqi forces have captured “five most dangerous leaders of ISIS,” state TV reported on Wednesday.

The five were arrested by the national intelligence service on Iraqi soil, according to the broadcaster. 

One was identified as Saddam Omar Hussein, who was reported dead in 2016.

Hussein was interrogated by the Central Investigative Court under the “direct supervision” of Haider al-Abadi, prime minister and commander-in-chief of the armed forces. 

He reported admitted to “a lot of divisions and break-ups inside the organization” of ISIS, state TV reported. 

According to the coalition, the operation was done in coordination between Iraqi forces and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) across the border. 

“The arrest is a significant blow to Daesh,” coalition spokesperson Col. Ryan Dillon tweeted on Wednesday, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS. 

He said it “demonstrates close coordination” between the Iraqi security forces and the SDF across the border. 

Brett McGurk, US special presidential envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition, also hailed the “great cooperation” between the two forces.

US President Donald Trump tweeted enthusiastically “Five Most Wanted leaders of ISIS just captured!”

Initial reports indicate ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is not among the five captured though a senior aide of his recently came into Iraqi custody.

Ismail al-Eithawi was captured by Turkish authorities in February and handed over to Iraq, Hisham al-Hashimi, security advisor to the Iraqi government, told Reuters on Thursday. He is a direct aide to Baghdadi and was responsible for international money transfers for the extremist group. 

Iraqi authorities were able to use an app on Eithawi’s cell phone to trap four ISIS commanders, he explained, drawing them across the border from Syria into Iraq.

He named the four commanders as Saddam Jamal, a Syrian and ISIS governor of the eastern Euphrates region, and field commanders Syrian Mohamed al-Qadeer, Iraqi Omar al-Karbouli, and Iraqi Essam al-Zawbai. 

The SDF, with coalition backing, launched earlier this month a campaign against ISIS in two remaining pockets in eastern Deir ez-Zor province, east of the Euphrates. 

At least 16 ISIS militants were killed in coalition shelling of their positions in the Hajin area, on the banks of the Euphrates on Wednesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. 

The SDF is coordinating with Iraqi forces and Iraqi jets have carried out strikes against ISIS on the Syrian side of the border. 

Comments

 
Kaz Jar | 11/5/2018
Please do not torture or treat these prisoners inhumanely. Just kneel them down in the dirt and shoot them.
anon | 13/5/2018
Kaz Jar would you say that after your daughter or mother were captured, sold into sex slavery and raped constantly? would you also say that after your family was murdered? Shooting them would be a waste, making them give information before killing them would be wiser.
Tags :
8248 Views

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

Share your stories, photos and videos with Rudaw, and quite possibly the world.

What You Say

export import | 4/23/2019 12:07:41 AM
oil covers less than 50& of iranian income. majority comes form drugs smuggling
IranMan | 4/23/2019 5:42:25 AM
"“Our ultimate goal is to get other states and non-state entities to stop doing business [with] the IRGC,”... How sweet!
US won’t be renewing oil waivers: Pompeo
| yesterday at 04:40 | (2)
Şivan | 4/21/2019 4:16:10 AM
Sorry to hear the loose of such a valuable personality.As a Kurd From Northern Kurdistan I appreciate his work for the Oppressed Kurdistan People.A...
Sawsan Rasheed | 4/23/2019 4:54:43 AM
Ralph Fertig is an Expert on the civil rights movement, federal administrative law and social justice issues.an author..and a professor such a person...
A Kurdish tribute to Ralph Fertig's visions and struggle
| 19/4/2019 | (7)
Sjcb | 4/23/2019 3:40:23 AM
Erdogen deserves a blow to their party for once. He needs to go bye bye.
Member of ruling AKP arrested for attack on Turkish opposition leader
| yesterday at 12:44 | (1)
pre-Boomer Marine brat | 4/22/2019 11:13:36 PM
I would add a fourth element to your closing strategy (which is dead-bang on target.) ... There must be what hasn't been in Islam for a millennia,...
Sri Lanka attacks and the strategy of terrorism
| 20 hours ago | (1)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

Journalism watchdog calls for investigations to be reopened in Kurdistan 2 hours ago |

Journalism watchdog calls for investigations to be reopened in Kurdistan

Kurdish Journalism Day is celebrated on April 22 more
Sri Lanka attacks and the strategy of terrorism 20 hours ago | (1)

Sri Lanka attacks and the strategy of terrorism

Targeting local Christians and foreigners more
Turkey to restore relations with Erbil ahead of Cavusoglu visit: business leaders 21 hours ago | (2)

Turkey to restore relations with Erbil ahead of Cavusoglu visit: business leaders

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will more
0.265 seconds