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Report: U.S. Forces Capture ‘Significant’ IS Operative In Iraq

The New York Times reports that U.S. special operations forces have captured a “significant” Islamic State (IS) operative in Iraq.

The newspaper quoted unidentified U.S. defense officials as saying American interrogators are with the detainee, who is not identified, at a temporary detention facility in Irbil in northern Iraq.

The officials declined to identify the detainee.

The Pentagon declined to confirm the report, but said any detention would be "short-term and coordinated with Iraqi authorities."

Iraqi and Kurdish military spokesmen declined immediate comment.

The Times says 200 members of U.S. special operations forces have deployed to Iraq in recent weeks.

Some 3,900 other U.S. troops are in the country on a mission to train and support Iraqi forces fighting the IS group.

Based on reporting by The New York Times, Reuters, and AFP