The anti-terrorist operation was carried out by the Turkish intelligence company, President Erdogan has introduced
The chief of Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS), Abu Hussein al-Qurashi, has allegedly been killed in an operation by Türkiye’s Nationwide Intelligence Group (MIT) in Syria, changing into the terrorist group’s third self-proclaimed “caliph” to be eradicated up to now 15 months.
MIT brokers had been monitoring al-Qurashi “for a very long time” and “neutralized” him on Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan mentioned in an interview aired on Sunday by broadcaster TRT Turk.
“We’ll proceed our battle with terrorist organizations with none discrimination,” he mentioned.
The operation was reportedly carried out round 1 am on Saturday in a village close to Jindires, about seven kilometers (4 miles) from the Turkish border. Turkish forces surrounded a compound the place al-Qurashi was believed to be staying and battled with IS fighters. The caliph refused to give up, then detonated explosives that had been strapped to his physique.
Al-Qurashi turned the terrorist group’s fourth chief final November, after his predecessor, Abu Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, was killed in battle. US navy officers claimed that the earlier al-Qurashi had been killed in mid-October by Syrian rebels in southern Syria’s Daraa province. He had been on the job for under about eight months, taking the helm after predecessor Abu Ibrahim al-Qurashi killed himself and his spouse and kids throughout a raid in northern Syria by US particular forces.
Though Türkiye’s anti-terrorism operations have targeted largely on militant Kurdish teams, together with the PKK, the Islamic State additionally has been a thorn in Ankara’s aspect, killing a mixed 315 civilians in dozens of assaults. US-allied Syrian rebels accused Türkiye final yr of giving IS a “protected zone” in northern Syria. Turkish officers dismissed the allegation as “totally ridiculous.” Türkiye was one of many first international locations to establish the Islamic State, then often known as ISIS, as a terrorist group, in 2013, and has been preventing the group for years.
This weekend’s MIT operation comes simply two weeks earlier than Türkiye’s presidential election. Erdogan can be looking for re-election in a battle with pro-Western opposition chief Kemal Kilicdaroglu. Polls present that the race is at the moment a lifeless warmth.