The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT)

Iraqi forces capture 5 top IS leaders


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

The arrest was a “significan­t blow to Daesh,” coalition spokesman Army Col. Ryan Dillon said, using the Arabic acronym for the extremist group.

A Pentagon spokesman, Marine Maj. Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway, said the U.S. credited Iraqi security forces with the militants’ capture “on the Iraq-Syria border.”

“These arrests are a significan­t blow to ISIS as we continue to remove its leadership and fighters from the battlefiel­d,” Rankine-Galloway said.

IS fighters no longer control significan­t pockets of territory inside Iraq, but do maintain a grip inside Syria along Iraq’s border.

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