US CAPTURES SENIOR ISIS LEADER…GET YOUR WATERBOARDS READY
The US’ new special operation to counter ISIS in Iraq and Syria is proving a success, and a senior ISIS leader is now in US hands.
A new US special operations team has been questioning a key Islamic State (ISIS) leader in Iraq since seizing him in a raid last month, US officials said Wednesday. It is believed to be the first case of a top ISIS militant captured alive in that country.
The officials would not identify the terrorist by name or provide other details, but the raid appears to be the first major success by the Pentagon’s new expeditionary targeting force that recently began operating in Iraq.
It aims to disrupt Islamic State operations in Iraq and Syria and gather intelligence that can be used to conduct follow-up raids and strikes.
The terrorist has been held in Iraq for two to three weeks, the officials said, calling the development important because of his leadership position in the extremist group and the information they could glean from him.
The officials weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the raid and demanded anonymity. The New York Times, also citing anonymous officials, was first to report the capture and said the militant was being interrogated by American officials at a temporary detention facility in Irbil in northern Iraq.
Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook wouldn’t confirm the capture, but said the goals of the new expeditionary targeting force include capturing Islamic State leaders. “Any detention would be short-term and
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