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President Donald Trump tweeted about the incident, saying: "Five Most Wanted leaders of ISIS just captured!"

The US-led coalition says Iraqi forces in coordination with US-backed Syrian forces have captured five senior ISIS group leaders. Trump wrote in a post on Twitter, providing no further details.

Abu Zeid al-Iraqi, one of the main associates of top IS leader Abu Bakr, had been living in Turkey with his Syrian wife under his brother's identity.

Ismail al-Eithawi, who also uses the alias Abu Zaid al-Iraqi, was captured in February in Turkey by Turkish authorities and handed over to Iraqi agents, Iraqi security advisor Hisham al-Hashimi told Reuters on Thursday. The self-styled caliph is still at large and believed to be hiding in the cross border area between Iraq and Syria.

The result of the three-month operation to capture the terrorist leaders, who had been hiding in Syria and Turkey, represents an important victory for the Iraqi and United States intelligence agencies.

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According to the Independent, the men were captured after they tricked by Iraqi intelligence services into crossing the Syrian border.

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said: "His movements are discreet and he never travels in a convoy".

Hashimi added that Iraqi forces used the Telegram messaging app on Eithawi's mobile phone, and managed to tempt a number of Daesh commanders in Syria to cross the border into Iraq, where they were arrested.

Abadi declared final victory last December over the group, which overran a third of Iraq in 2014. "It will neither allow Daesh militants to come back, nor a similar terrorist organization to appear, but Iraq doesn't mean to interfere in internal affairs of Syria", Abadi stated.

There are some 5,000 USA troops in Iraq training the country's military.


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