ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish forces have killed the chief of the Islamic State group throughout an operation in Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated late Sunday.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan advised TRT Turk tv in an interview that the IS chief, code-named Abu Hussein al-Qurayshi, was killed in a strike carried out on Saturday.
Erdogan stated the Turkish intelligence company, MIT, had been following him “for a very long time.”
“We are going to proceed our wrestle in opposition to terrorist organizations with out discriminating in opposition to any of them,” Erdogan stated within the interview.
There was no rapid affirmation from the IS group.
Turkey has carried out quite a few operations in opposition to IS and Kurdish teams alongside the Syrian border, capturing or killing suspected militants. The nation controls giant swaths of territory in northern Syria following a sequence of land incursions to drive Kurdish teams away from the Turkish-Syrian border.
Abu Hussein al-Qurayshi was named chief of the militant group after its earlier chief was killed in October, with an IS spokesman calling him “one of many veteran warriors and one of many loyal sons of the Islamic State.”
He took over management of IS at a time when the extremist group has misplaced management of the territory it as soon as held in Iraq and Syria. Nevertheless, he had been making an attempt to rise once more, with sleeper cells finishing up lethal assaults in each international locations.
Islamic State founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was hunted down by U.S. forces in a raid in northwest Syria in October 2019. His successor, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, was killed in an analogous raid in February 2022. He was adopted by Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, who in accordance with the U.S. army was killed in mid-October in an operation by Syrian rebels in Syria’s southern province of Daraa.
Not one of the al-Qurayshis are believed to be associated. Al-Qurayshi shouldn’t be their actual identify however comes from Quraish, the identify of the tribe to which Islam’s Prophet Muhammad belonged. IS claims its leaders hail from this tribe and “al-Qurayshi” serves as a part of an IS chief’s nom de guerre.
The Islamic State group broke away from al-Qaida a couple of decade in the past and ended up controlling giant components of northern and japanese Syria in addition to northern and western Iraq. In 2014, the extremists declared their so-called caliphate, attracting supporters from world wide.
Within the following years, they claimed assaults all through the world that killed and wounded lots of of individuals earlier than coming underneath assault from completely different sides. In March 2019, U.S.-backed Syrian fighters captured the final sliver of land the extremists as soon as held in Syria’s japanese province of Deir el-Zour that borders Iraq.