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Irakerne fikk fatt på en av IS-lederen Abu Bakr al-Baghdadis nærmeste medarbeidere og brukte en app på telefonen hans til å lure fire IS-ledere i en felle.

Iraqi agents are holding a top aide to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and used an app on his mobile phone to lure four commanders from the group into a trap, a security advisor to the Iraqi government said on Thursday.

Mannen het Ismail al-Eithawi. Han ble pågrepet i Tyrkia i februar og tyrkerne overlot ham til irakerne.

Ismail al-Eithawi, who also uses the alias Abu Zaid al-Iraqi, was captured in February in Turkey by Turkish authorities and handed over to Iraqi agents, Iraqi security advisor Hisham al-Hashimi told Reuters on Thursday.

I samarbeid med amerikanerne brukte de appen Telegram til å lokke IS-lederne i en felle. Eithawi styrte bankkontiene til IS i ulike land og amerikanerne klarte å knekke kodene han brukte.

Those held include Saddam Jamal, a Syrian who served as the group’s governor of Syria’s eastern Euphrates region.

 Hashimi described Eithawi and Jamal as the two most senior Islamic State figures ever to be captured alive. The capture of all five was announced on Iraqi state TV on Wednesday.

Hashimi said the operation was carried out in cooperation with U.S. forces, part of an American-led coalition fighting against Islamic State on both sides of the Iraqi-Syrian border.

Apart from Eithawi and Jamal, the operation captured three field commanders: Syrian Mohamed al-Qadeer and two Iraqis, Omar al-Karbouli and Essam al-Zawbai, Hashimi said.

IS-«offiserene» gjentok sin lojalitetsed til Baghadadi sist måned, for første gang siden det fysiske kalifatet kollapset.

Men nå strammes snaren rundt Baghdadi. Det antas at han befinner seg i grenseområdet Irak/Syria.

Exclusive: Iraq used Baghdadi aide’s phone to capture Islamic State commanders

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