Iraqi Forces Capture 5 Top ISIS Leaders in Cross-Border Raid

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US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that five "most wanted" leaders of the Islamic State militant group had been captured, an apparent reference to the capture of five commanders of the militant group by Iraq.

Ismail al-Eithawai, who was responsible for transferring funds into Islamic State bank accounts in different nations, was captured by Turkish authorities in February and was later handed over to Iraqi leaders.

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was not one of the men captured - who now has a $25million bounty on his head from the US State Department.

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Iraqi security forces pull down a flag belonging to Sunni militant group ISIS.

The U.S. -led coalition supported Iraqi ground forces and Syrian fighters known as the Syrian Democratic Forces in the more than three-year war against IS.

Iraqi authorities on Wednesday said Iraq's worldwide airports and border crossings would be closed from midnight Friday, ahead of the parliamentary election on Saturday. After American and Iraqi intelligence agents extracted banking and communication codes from Ithawi's phone, Iraqi agents lured the other men into their trap and arrested them.

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

Late last month, Daesh spokesman Abu Hassan al-Muhajir stated that members of the terror outfit would attack polling stations, voters and candidates during national Iraqi elections, which are set to take place on Saturday.

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