Iraqi forces capture 5 top IS leaders in cross-border raid

The U.S.-led coalition tells Iraqi forces-out in coordination with U.S.-backed Syrian forces-out have captured five senior Islamic State group leaders.

In a statement Thursday coalition spokesman Army Col. Ryan Dillon called the arrest a “significant blow to Daesh, ” use the Arabic acronym for the extremist group.

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

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted about the raid, telling those arrested were the “five most wanted” IS “leaders.”

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

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