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Iraq says five Daesh commanders captured after crossing from Syria

Image of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Washington, US on 20 March 2017 [Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency]
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Washington, US on 20 March 2017 [Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency]

Iraq captured five Daesh commanders after its intelligence services lured them into crossing from neighbouring Syria, Iraqi state TV reported on Wednesday.

It described the five as “some of the most wanted” leaders of the group. They were named as Saddam al-Jammel, Mohamed al-Qadeer, Ismail al-Eithawi, Omar al-Karbouli and Essam al-Zawbai and were shown in yellow prisoner uniforms.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said last month he would “take all necessary measures” against militants based in Syria. The Iraqi air force has carried out several air strikes since last year against Daesh positions in Syrian territory.

Abadi declared final victory last December over the ultra-hardline group, which overran a third of Iraq in 2014. But the militants still pose a threat along the border with Syria and have continued to carry out ambushes, killings and bombings across Iraq.

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