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US holding Islamic State leader in Iraq

Published 03/03/2016

US forces have captured an Islamic State leader in Iraq
US forces have captured an Islamic State leader in Iraq

The US military is holding an Islamic State (IS) leader who was captured in a raid by American special forces, officials said.

The militant has been in custody in Iraq for two to three weeks.

Officials said they believe he is the first significant IS leader to be captured by the US in Iraq, but would not release his identity.

They said he was grabbed by members of what the Pentagon calls an expeditionary targeting force.

The force aims to disrupt IS operations in Iraq and Syria and gather intelligence information that can be used to conduct follow-on raids and strikes.

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