Five senior ISIS officials captured in US-Iraqi sting operation, reports say

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The paper reports that the operation began after Turkish authorities arrested a top aide to ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in February and extradited him to Iraq.

According to the New York Times, the militants were caught by the Iraqi military in cooperation with the American intelligence operation in Syria and Turkey.

The 2018 parliamentary election is the first since Iraq's historical victory over the militant Islamic State group in December a year ago, as over 24 million Iraqis are eligible to vote in 4,148 polling center across Iraq for a new parliament, which they hope will bring change to the economic and security situations in the country.

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Riyadh al-Badran, an IHEC senior official, told the official Iraqiya TV channel that "he would not announce the results of the early ballot by the security forces, prisoners and the voting overseas".

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.

The self-styled caliph is still at large and believed to be hiding in the cross border area between Iraq and Syria.

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Iraqi agents who carried out the mission to capture the leaders were joined by members of an American-led coalition fighting against the Islamic State on both sides of the Iraqi-Syrian border.

The security advisor to the Iraqi government went on say that Iraqi intelligence agents, in cooperation with USA forces, had managed to uncover bank accounts used by Daesh and decipher secret communication codes Eithawi used.

"#Iraq captures 5 key Daesh leaders during #OperationRoundup".

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Abadi declared final victory last December over the group, which overran a third of Iraq in 2014.