Sunday 18 February 2018

US forces capture 'significant' Islamic State leader in Iraq

ISIL millitants with the trademark Jihadist flag.
ISIL millitants with the trademark Jihadist flag.

Stephen Kalin

U.S. Special Operations Forces captured a significant Islamic State operative in Iraq, the New York Times reported, the first suspected raid by a new force sent in recent weeks to target the jihadist group's fighters and leaders.

The newspaper said the unidentified detainee was being interrogated by U.S. officials in a temporary facility in the Kurdish city of Erbil, but the defence officials it cited provided few other details.

A Pentagon spokesman declined to comment on details of the force's missions but said any detention would be "short term and coordinated with Iraqi authorities".

Iraqi and Kurdish military spokesmen declined immediate comment


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