BREAKING: Top 4 World Terrorists Fall For Elaborate Trick & Are Arrested; NBC Report

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Over the course of the last year, there has been a fairly significant reduction in the activities of the Islamic State (ISIS), as the constant bombings and attacks from ISIS-affiliated individuals started to decrease in frequency. Whether the reason for this has been the lack of funds and resource to pay for their terrorist activities, or a reduction in the extremist fervor that seemingly swept the global community following the growth of ISIS, it is clear that the group’s capabilities have, fortunately, been severely restricted.

However, even though the number and severity of these attacks in Western countries has decreased in the last year, it would be naive of anyone to think that the formerly most influential terrorist organization could just up and disappear. This proved evident on Wednesday, as Iraqi officials claimed that they had captured five key ISIS commanders, after they were able to use their intelligence capabilities to track the terrorists as they were crossing the Syrian border, back to Iraq.

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The capture of the commanders is nothing short of amazing news, especially considering the consistency of which Iraqi officials have been able to track down top ISIS officials in recent months. The opportunity to seize these five commanders came as a result of planning on behalf of the Iraqis, cleverly luring in the officials without the slightest indication of a trap. According to an article by NBC News:

‘Al-Eithawi, a top aide to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was captured in February by Turkish authorities and handed over to Iraqi agents, a security advisor to the Iraqi government said on Thursday.

Iraqi agents then used the Telegram messaging app on his mobile phone to lure four commanders from the group to cross the border from Syria into Iraq and into a trap, security advisor Hisham al-Hashimi told Reuters on Thursday.’

Iraqi officials have lauded the capture of the five commanders, as they had been designated towards the top of the list of most wanted ISIS leaders for some time now. Hashimi, the Iraqi security advisor, told news outlets that the credit for the successful operation was not entirely theirs, as the plan was implemented with the help and cooperation of the remainder of US forces in Iraq, which were initially designated to remain in the region between Syria and Iraq in order to continue the fight against ISIS.

Capturing a major leader was not the only prize that came with Etihawi’s capture in February, as intelligence agents were able to find various bank accounts that ISIS had been using to fund their terrorist activities, as well as clandestine communication codes that had been implemented to reduce their chances of being caught. Al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, has not been seen for some time now, and is believed to be hiding somewhere along the Iraq-Syria border, as the walls of his protection start to crumble before him.

Despite having declared victory against ISIS last December, when the mainframes of the organization were overrun, Iraq has ramped up their attacks along the Syrian border, given that the threat of crossing over remains very real and evident. Nevertheless, the continued capturing of ISIS leaders and tearing down any shred of the group’s influence and power, is a sign of good news in an otherwise unstable international community.

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