President Trump announced Thursday on Twitter that several leaders of the terror group ISIS were apprehended in a recent operation.
Abu Zeid al-Iraqi, one of the main associates of top IS leader Abu Bakr, had been living in Turkey with his Syrian wife under his brother's identity.
Iraqi forces in co-ordination with USA -backed Syrian forces have captured five senior leaders of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group, the US -led coalition said Thursday in a statement.
In a statement Thursday coalition spokesman Army Col. Ryan Dillon called the arrest a "significant blow to Daesh", using the Arabic acronym for the extremist group.
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According to the New York Times, the militants were caught by the Iraqi military in cooperation with the American intelligence operation in Syria and Turkey.
The arrests have been confirmed by a statement from Iraq's external intelligence agency, but no details were given.
An Iraqi unit responsible for undercover missions had traced one of those detained - Ismail Alwaan al-Ithawi, known as Abu Zeid al-Iraqi - from Syria to the Turkish city of Sakarya, about 100 miles east of Istanbul, the Times reported.
The polls are conducted as areas of Iraq still lie in ruins as a result of a three-year military campaign supported by the USA against militants.
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Following the capture, intelligence agents from both Iraq and the United States uncovered bank accounts used by the Islamic State and also secret communication codes used by Eithawi.
Late previous year, Iraqi federal forces moved into Kirkuk - which is disputed between Baghdad and the Kurdish Regional Government - after the latter held an unconstitutional poll on regional independence.
The Iraqi authorities arrested the group soon after they crossed the frontier, the officials said.
The ISIS leaders who were apprehended do not include al-Baghdadi, a senior USA official confirmed to CBS News' Margaret Brennan.
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