Iraqi forces capture five top ISIS leaders in cross-border raid

Iraqi security forces after taking control of the border town of Rawa, the last town under the control of the ISIS in Iraq on November 17, 2017. (Reuters)

The US-led coalition says Iraqi forces in coordination with US-backed Syrian forces have captured five senior ISIS group leaders.

In a statement on Thursday, coalition spokesman Army Col. Ryan Dillon called the arrest a “significant blow” to ISIS terror group.

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

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

US President Donald Trump tweeted about the raid, saying those arrested were the “five most wanted” ISIS “leaders.”

None of the statements from the president or the coalition named the individuals.

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