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Five senior ISIS officials captured in US-Iraqi operation

Girls stand in front of a campaign poster of Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al Abadi during a rally ahead of the parliamentary election in Najaf Iraq Five senior ISIS officials captured in US-Iraqi operation
Glenn Montgomery | 11 May, 2018, 04:28

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.

Intelligence officers had tracked them for three months as they made their way through Turkey and Syria, the New York Times reported.

The ISIS leaders who were apprehended do not include al-Baghdadi, a senior USA official confirmed to CBS News' Margaret Brennan.

President Trump publicly announced the capture of at least five "most wanted" ISIS fighters Thursday; delivering another crippling blow to the terror organization just 16 months into his presidency.

Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway, mentioned the USA credited Iraqi safety forces with the militants' seize "on the Iraq-Syria border".

Following Ithawi's capture, Iraqi and American intelligence agents were able to uncover bank accounts used by the group and secret communication codes he used, Hashimi said.

Hashimi said the operation was carried out in cooperation with USA forces, part of an American-led coalition fighting against Islamic State on both sides of the Iraqi-Syrian border.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has previously vowed to "take all necessary measures" against members based in Syria, with the Iraqi air force carrying out a number of airstrikes in areas believed to contain ISIS members in the country.

The ISIS leaders are said to have featured in a series of sick execution videos, filmed when the extremist group controlled large swathes of Iraq.

"The noose is tightening around him", Hashimi said, referring to Baghdadi.

Around 1 million soldiers, police and other security personnel voted across Iraq Thursday in the first national elections since the country declared victory over Daesh (ISIS).

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