Five key Isil leaders captured in sting after Iraqi agents lure them into trap using Telegram app

Five key Isil leaders captured in sting after Iraqi agents lure them into trap using Telegram appDonald Trump boasted on Thursday about the capture of Isil’s five most-wanted, as it emerged a key aide to leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and four others were captured in a sting operation in Iraq.  “Five Most Wanted leaders of ISIS just captured!” the US President tweeted shortly after 3pm. It is not yet known if the US played any role in the operation. A security advisor to the Iraqi government told Reuters that Iraqi agents had used an app on the mobile phone of the senior aide to lure four commanders from the group into a trap. Ismail al-Eithawi, who also uses the alias Abu Zaid al-Iraqi, was captured in February in Turkey by Turkish authorities and handed over to Iraqi agents, Iraqi security advisor Hisham al-Hashimi said. Hashimi described Eithawi as a direct aide to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) leader Baghdadi, responsible for funds transfers to the group’s bank accounts in different countries. Five Most Wanted leaders of ISIS just captured!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2018 Iraqi agents used the Telegram messaging app on Eithawi’s mobile phone to lure other Isil commanders to cross the border from Syria into Iraq, where they were captured, Hashimi said. Those held include Saddam Jamal, a Syrian who served as the group’s governor of Syria’s eastern Euphrates region. Hashimi described Eithawi and Jamal as the two most senior Isil figures ever to be captured alive. The capture of all five was announced on Iraqi state TV on Wednesday. Hashimi said the operation was carried out in cooperation with U.S. forces, part of an American-led coalition fighting against Islamic State on both sides of the Iraqi-Syrian border. Following Eithawi’s capture, Iraqi and American intelligence agents were able to uncover bank accounts used by the group and also secret communication codes he used, Hashimi said. FAQ | Islamic State Apart from Eithawi and Jamal, the operation captured three field commanders: Syrian Mohamed al-Qadeer and two Iraqis, Omar al-Karbouli and Essam al-Zawbai, Hashimi said. “The noose is tightening around him,” Hashimi said, referring to Baghdadi, whose real name is Ibrahim al-Samarrai. Baghdadi, who declared himself ruler of all Muslims in 2014 after capturing Iraq’s main northern city Mosul, is now believed to be hiding in the Iraqi-Syrian border region after losing all the cities and towns of his self-proclaimed caliphate. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said last month he would “take all necessary measures” against militants based in Syria. The Iraqi air force has carried out several air strikes since last year against Isil positions in Syrian territory. Abadi declared final victory last December over the ultra-hardline group within Iraq. But the militants still pose a threat along the border with Syria and have continued to carry out ambushes, killings and bombings across Iraq. Isil militants last month restated their loyalty to Baghdadi, in what is believed to be their first public pledge of allegiance to him since his self-proclaimed caliphate in Syria and Iraq collapsed last year.


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Comey blasts Giuliani for comparing FBI agents to 'stormtroopers'

  1. Comey blasts Giuliani for comparing FBI agents to ‘stormtroopers’  Politico
  2. Republicans have a new Comey problem, thanks to Rudy Giuliani  Washington Post
  3. James Comey defends FBI after Giuliani compares agents to ‘stormtroopers’  CNN
  4. Trump has complained for months that Comey leaked classified info — but are his claims credible?  Toronto Star
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Federal agents peered into a duffel bag on the Mexico border. They found a tiger cub.

  1. Federal agents peered into a duffel bag on the Mexico border. They found a tiger cub.  Washington Post
  2. Live Tiger Cub Stuffed Inside Duffel Bag Discovered By US Border Patrol Agents  Yahoo News
  3. US Border Patrol agents find a live tiger cub in a duffel bag near Brownsville  Chron.com
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US Border Patrol agents find a live tiger cub in a duffel bag near Brownsville

  1. US Border Patrol agents find a live tiger cub in a duffel bag near Brownsville  Chron.com
  2. Four-month-old tiger found in duffel bag at US-Mexico border  KIIITV.com
  3. Live Tiger Cub Stuffed Inside Duffel Bag Discovered By US Border Patrol Agents  Newsweek
  4. Border patrol violence: US paid $60m to cover claims against the agency  The Guardian
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Exclusive: EPA chief's aides, security agents made $45000 trip to Australia

  1. Exclusive: EPA chief’s aides, security agents made $45000 trip to Australia  Reuters
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  3. Scott Pruitt Is the Most Baller Trump Appointee  Washingtonian.com
  4. Mulvaney, House panel ramp up pressure on Pruitt  Politico
  5. The Energy 202: Scott Pruitt praises emissions drop but still hasn’t conceded climate change is real  Washington Post
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Exclusive: EPA chief's aides, security agents made $45,000 trip to Australia

Exclusive: EPA chief's aides, security agents made $45,000 trip to AustraliaBy Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, under fire from lawmakers for travel and security expenses, spent about $45,000 in government money to fly five people to Australia to prepare for a planned trip that was later canceled. Two of his aides and three security agents flew to Australia last August on business-class tickets costing roughly $9,000 each to set up meetings for the EPA administrator. The purchase of business-class tickets was not a violation of U.S. government policy, which allows federal employees to travel business class on trips lasting 14 hours or more.


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In the raids on the President's personal lawyer, agents sought Trump's communications about the infamous 'Access Hollywood' tape

FBI agents who raided the home, office and hotel of Donald Trump’s personal lawyer sought communications that Trump had with attorney Michael Cohen and others regarding the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape that captured Trump making lewd remarks about women a month before the election, according to sources familiar with the matter.


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