Washington: Five senior leaders of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) were captured in a joint operation involving U.S. and Iraqi forces. It is the latest defeat for the extremist group, which has lost nearly all the territory it once held in Iraq and Syria.
The ISIS commanders’ confessions were broadcast on Iraqi television this morning.
One by one, men in yellow jumpsuits and handcuffs admitted to being top ISIS leaders.
Their capture was the result of an elaborate intelligence operation run by Iraq and the U.S.
First came the capture of Ismail al-Eithawi, described as a close aide to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. U.S. and Iraqi forces then used an app on Eithawi’s mobile phone to lure the other men across the Syrian border and into Iraq where they were arrested. The Iraqi government said information gather during interrogations led to an air strike it claims killed another 40 ISIS terrorists.
“These guys … have an understanding of what’s happened to ISIS post-caliphate, where the senior leaders are in general … what their plans might be for going forward.”