A still photo from video posted on a militant website July 5, 2014, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq during his first public appearance.
After being interrogated by American and Iraqi intelligence agents, the ISIS official lured four other leaders of the terror group across the Iraqi border, where they were arrested.
Following Eithawi's capture, Iraqi and American intelligence agents were able to uncover bank accounts used by the group and also secret communication codes he used, Hashimi said.
A US national security official said there were no indications that the operation had captured Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of IS who has always been the coalition's top target.
US and Iraqi forces then used an app on Eithawi's mobile phone to lure the other men across the Syrian border and into Iraq where they were arrested. The list does not included the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
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"The noose is tightening around him", Hashimi said, referring to Baghdadi.
The President of the United States Donald trump confirmed that the prisoner was captured five "most wanted" leaders of the terrorist organization Islamic state.
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. It was unclear what criteria, if any, Trump was using to describe the IS operatives as the "five most wanted". The self-styled caliph is still at large and believed to be hiding in the cross border area between Iraq and Syria.
IS fighters no longer control significant pockets of territory inside Iraq, but do maintain a grip inside Syria along Iraq's border.