Five senior ISIS officials captured in US-Iraqi operation

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U.S. intelligence also assisted in the cross-border sting, which had been in the works for three months tracking the group of leaders through Turkey and Syria, two Iraqi officials told The New York Times.

Two Iraqi intelligence officer said that among the captured militants - four Iraqis and one Syrian, whose responsibilities include the management of controlled ISIS territory around Deir AZ-Zaur in Syria.

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was not one of the men captured - who now has a $25million bounty on his head from the US State Department.

Two of Islamic State's most feared leaders have been captured in recent weeks.

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

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

A man purported to be ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi making what would have been his first public appearance, at a mosque in the centre of Iraq's second city, Mosul, on July 5, 2014.

"His movements are discreet and he never travels in a convoy", the official said on condition of anonymity.

In a statement Thursday coalition spokesman Army Col. Ryan Dillon called the arrest a "significant blow to Daesh", using the Arabic acronym for the extremist group.

With the group's physical caliphate now largely destroyed, anti-ISIS operations are increasingly focused on targeting the militants' remaining leadership.

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