US Elite Delta Force captures its first ‘significant’ ISIS operative
American Special Forces have captured a ‘significant’ ISIS operative in northern Iraq as part of a new mission to increase pressure on the terror group.
The detainee, who has not been identified, has been in custody for the last two or three weeks at a temporary structure in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil.
U.S. forces, who are holding the prisoner, will interrogate them for the next several weeks before turning them over to Iraqi or Kurdish authorities.
The operative is the first target to be captured by a 200-strong team led by elite Delta Force troops, which is known as the ‘expeditionary targeting force’, since deploying in Iraq in recent weeks.
Although US commandos have captured ISIS members in Iraq before, the 200-member Special Operations team is the first major American combat force on the ground there since the United States pulled out of the country at the end of 2011.
It is believed that the team arrived in the region a number of weeks ago and has been establishing intelligence networks and gathering information on targets ahead of this raid, though it is not known exactly when the operation took place.
The hope is that the new detainee will provide information on the location of other ISIS figures, allowing for more hostages to be taken in the coming weeks and months. The raid was first reported by the New York Times.
The detainee is being held in a temporary structure in the northern Iraqi town of Erbil, where the American unit is based and
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