Syria’s primary rebel al-Qaida-linked group denied it was behind the killing of the Islamic State group’s chief within the nation’s northwest saying it might have in any other case claimed duty
BEIRUT — Syria’s primary rebel al-Qaida-linked group denied it was behind the killing of the Islamic State group’s chief within the nation’s northwest saying it might have in any other case claimed duty.
The safety arm of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, or HTS, made the announcement Friday evening, a day after IS blamed the Syrian rebel group for the dying of its little-known chief, Abu al-Hussein al-Husseini al-Qurayshi, who headed the extremist group since November.
“We categorically deny this declare,” the spokesman of HTS, Normal Safety Diaa al-Omar, stated in a terse assertion.
He stated HTS would proceed to battle “evil acts” by IS in rebel-held components of Syria, including that had his group been behind al-Qurayshi’s dying “we’d have given the excellent news to Muslims and introduced it straight.”
Al-Qurayshi was the fourth IS chief to be killed for the reason that group was based by Iraqi militant Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and declared a caliphate in giant components of Syria and Iraq in June 2014 earlier than its defeat years later.
Abu Hafs al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi was named the group’s new chief on Thursday.
The Islamic State group broke away from al-Qaida a decade in the past and attracted supporters from all over the world. Regardless of its defeat in Iraq in 2017 and in Syria two years later, IS militants nonetheless perform lethal assaults in each nations and elsewhere.
Since IS broke away from al-Qaida, each teams fought lethal battles over the previous years in northern Syria.
In April, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated Turkish intelligence brokers had killed al-Qurayshi in northern Syria — a press release that IS denied saying he was killed by HTS and was later handed over to Turkish authorities.