Captured Isis aide forced to snare fellow leaders

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Five senior ISIS leaders have been captured and detained following a cross-border sting operation that was conducted by Iraqi and American intelligence officials.

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

"Our forces are in complete control of the Iraqi-Syrian border and I therefore announce the end of the war against Daesh", he told a conference in Baghdad then.

Their capture represents a major strategic victory for the US-led coalition and the government in Baghdad, which is anticipating a key election at the weekend.

The five commanders, one Iraqi and one Syria, were in control of governance for ISIS in Deir Ezzor province in eastern Syria, as well as internal security and overseeing religious rulings.

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.

Apart from Eithawi and Jamal, the operation captured three field commanders: Syrian Mohamed al-Qadeer and two Iraqis, Omar al-Karbouli and Essam al-Zawbai, Hashimi said.

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The coalition between America and Baghdad created to combat terror has been praised after the operation's success.

The hunt for Baghdadi, one of the most wanted men in the world, has spanned eastern Syria and northern and western Iraq.

A reward of $25 million is on offer from the United States for any information which could lead to his arrest.

A year ago the Pentagon said that there were "some indicators" that IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was still alive a month after Russian Federation claimed to have killed him in a strike near the Syrian city of Raqqa.