Iraqi forces capture 5 top Islamic State leaders in cross-border raid

UPDATE 1-Iraq to close airports and border crossings during election

Ismail al-Eithawai, who was responsible for transferring funds into Islamic State bank accounts in different nations, was captured by Turkish authorities in February and was later handed over to Iraqi leaders.

Iraq has opened polling stations for security forces as well as expatriates in the first national elections since the Arab state declared victory over the Takfiri Daesh terror group.

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted about the raid, saying those arrested were the "five most wanted" IS "leaders".

Iraqi forces in coordination with US -backed Syrian forces have captured five senior Islamic State group leaders, the USA -led coalition said Thursday in a statement.

Iraqi agents used the Telegram messaging app on Eithawi's mobile phone to lure other Islamic State commanders to cross the border from Syria into Iraq, where they were captured, Hashimi said. The capture of all five was announced on Iraqi state TV on Wednesday. The Iraqi air force has carried out several air strikes since a year ago against Islamic State positions in Syrian territory.

Iraqi authorities on Wednesday said Iraq's worldwide airports and border crossings would be closed from midnight Friday, ahead of the parliamentary election on Saturday.

Two Iraqi intelligence officer said that among the captured militants - four Iraqis and one Syrian, whose responsibilities include the management of controlled ISIS territory around Deir AZ-Zaur in Syria.

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