Main Stream Media Ignores ISIS Capture
President Trump announced the capture of five of the “most wanted Islamic Commanders”.
The news was completely ignored by ABC and NBC and a CNN reporter tried to downplay the capture, contradicting President Trump’s announcement by categorizing the individuals as “key” ISIS leaders rather than “most wanted” as stated in President Trumps announcement.
The captured Commanders were described by Iraq State TV as “some of the most wanted” leaders of the ISIS group. They are Saddam al-Jammel, Mohamed al-Qadeer, Ismail al-Eithawi, Omar al-Karbouli and Essam al-Zawbai.
Iraq captured the five Islamic State commanders after its intelligence services lured them into crossing from neighboring Syria, Iraqi state TV reported” Five senior Islamic State officials have been captured, including a top aide to the group’s leader, in a complex cross-border sting carried out by Iraqi and American intelligence”.
Two Iraqi intelligence officials said those captured were four Iraqis and one Syrian whose responsibilities included governing the Islamic State’s territory around Deir al-Zour, Syria, directing internal security and running the administrative body that oversees religious rulings.
The three-month operation, which tracked the group of senior Islamic State leaders who had been hiding in Syria and Turkey, represents a significant intelligence victory for the American-led coalition fighting the extremist group and underscores the strengthening relationship between Washington and Baghdad.
The two Iraqi officials said that they had been tracking several of these targets for months, and the breakthrough came early this year.
An Iraqi intelligence unit responsible for undercover missions had tracked an Iraqi man, Ismail Alwaan al-Ithawi, known by the nom de guerre Abu Zeid al-Iraqi, from Syria to the Turkish city of Sakarya, about 100 miles east of Istanbul.
Mr. Ithawi, described by the Iraqis as a top aide to the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al- Baghdadi, had been in charge of fatwas, or religious rulings, in the Islamic State’s so-called caliphate. He was also in charge of the education curriculum, and was a member of the body that appointed security and administrative leaders for the Islamic State’s territory, which had included large parts of Iraq and Syria.
One of the officials stated he had been living in Turkey with his Syrian wife under his brother’s identity.
The Iraqis sent the Turks an intelligence file they had amassed on Mr. Ithawi, and the Turkish security forces arrested him on Feb. 15, and extradited him to Iraq.
According to Iraqi officials, Iraqi and American intelligence officials then spent weeks interrogating him, learning the details and whereabouts of other ISIS leaders in hiding.
Iraqi officials said the joint Iraqi-American intelligence team then set a trap, according to these officials. They persuaded Mr. Ithawi to contact several of his Islamic State colleagues who had been hiding in Syria and lure them across the border.
The Iraqi authorities were waiting, and arrested the group soon after they crossed the frontier, the officials said.
The ISIS commanders’ confessions were broadcast on Iraqi television this morning.
Since taking office the Trump Administration has decimated ISIS leadership through airstrikes and ground operations. al-Baghdadi is still at large and believed to still be operating on the border between Syria and Iraq.