Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that a “suspected leader” of ISIS has been killed in Syria in an operation conducted by Turkey’s MIT intelligence agency. Using the Arabic acronym for ISIS, he announced on television, “The suspected leader of ISIS, codename Abu Hussein al-Qurashi, has been neutralized yesterday (Saturday) in an operation conducted by MIT in Syria.” .” ISIS announced the death of its previous chief, Abu Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, on 30 November. Abu Husayn al-Qurayshi was appointed in his place.
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An AFP correspondent in northern Syria said Turkish intelligence agents and local military police, backed by Turkey, sealed off an area in Jindayrs, in the northwest region of Afrin, on Saturday. Residents told AFP that one operation targeted an abandoned farm that was being used as an Islamic school.
Turkey has stationed troops in northern Syria since 2020, and controls the entire region with the help of Syrian tributaries. The United States struck a helicopter in an operation in northern Syria in mid-April, saying ISIS was planning attacks in Europe and the Middle East.
US Central Command said that they have killed Abd-al-Hadi Mahmoud al-Haji Ali of ISIS in the operation. Suspected ISIS militants killed at least 41 people in Syria on April 16, 24 of them civilians. In the first week of April, the US military said it had killed an ISIS leader responsible for planning attacks in Europe. His name is Khalid Ayyad Ahmad al-Jabouri.