The President of Türkiye, Recep Tayyip Erdoganannounced this Sunday that the Turkish secret services, known by the acronym MIT, killed the leader of the Islamic State (IS), Abu al Hussein al Hussein al Qurashiin an operation in Syria.
“MIT has long tracked the so-called leader of the Islamic State, Abu Hussein al Qurashi. Yesterday, this person was neutralized in Syria,” Erdogan said during an interview on TRT public television.
“Our fight against terrorist organizations continues, without distinction. During our time, MIT has become an international fighting organization, reaching a level of talking to the US and Russian secret services,” the president said.
Erdogan did not provide further details about the operation or in which area of Syria it had been carried out.
Abu al Hussein al Hussein al Qurashi, about whose identity practically nothing is known, happened last November 30 to Abu Hasan al Qurashikilled in southern Syria in an action in territory controlled by the Syrian government.
Abu Hasan had replaced Abu Ibrahim al Hashimi al Qurashi in February 2022, who had become the successor of the first IS ‘caliph’, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, in 2019.
According to a correspondent for the AFP in northern Syria, Turkish intelligence services and local Turkish-backed military police They surrounded an area near the town of Jindires, in the Afrin region (northwest), on Saturday.
Inhabitants of the place questioned by the AFP They indicated that an operation was carried out against an abandoned farm that served in the past as an Islamic school.
US kills Islamic State commander in Syria
One April, an IS commander in charge of the organization’s attacks in Europewas killed in a US operation in Syria.
Khalid Aydd Ahmad al Jabouri He was “responsible for planning ISIL attacks in Europe,” the North American country’s central command for the Middle East (CENTCOM) said in a statement.
His death will “temporarily disrupt the organization’s ability to foment attacks abroad,” the source added.
The US command does not specify where in Syria the attack took place, but assures that no civilians were injured or killed in the action.
ISIL continues to pose a threat to the region and beyond,” said the head of CENTCOM, General michael kurillaquoted in the statement.
“Even weakened, the group is still capable of conducting operations in the regionwith the will to strike beyond the Middle East”, he added.
Since the victory over IS in Syria in 2019, several hundred US soldiers remain deployed in the northeast of the country as part of the anti-jihadist coalition and continue to launch attacks against suspected IS members.
In October 2019, Washington announced the death of the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, during a US special forces raid in northwestern Syria.
(With information from AFP and EFE)
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