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Five most wanted leaders of ISIS taken prisoner

11 May 2018

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.

Iraqi state TV described the five as "some of the most wanted" leaders of the group, said Reuters.

President Donald Trump on Thursday hailed the fact that five of the "most wanted" Islamic State leaders have been captured recently, including Abu Zeid al-Iraqi, one of the main collaborators of the organisation's chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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IS fighters no longer control significant pockets of territory inside Iraq, but do maintain a grip inside Syria along Iraq's border.

Special voting is expected to take place at almost 500 polling stations for groups not able to vote on Saturday, a lot of them from the almost one million-strong security forces assigned to protect polling stations. Those held include Saddam Jamal, a Syrian who served as the group's governor of Syria's eastern Euphrates region.

The joint Iraqi-American intelligence team then persuaded Ithawi to contact several of his ISIS colleagues who had been hiding in Syria and lure them across the border, the officials said.

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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. The Iraqi air force has carried out several air strikes since past year against Daesh positions in Syrian territory.

Abadi declared final victory last December over the ultra-hardline group within Iraq.

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Five most wanted leaders of ISIS taken prisoner