Crime & Justice

IS leader killed in Syria by Turkish spy agency: Erdogan

Istanbul, Apr 30 (EFE).- The suspected leader of the Islamic State (IS) terror group has been killed in an operation by Turkish intelligence in Syria, Turkey’s president claimed on Sunday.

“The National Intelligence Organization (MIT) had been following the so-called leader of Daesh (IS), code-named Abu Hussein al-Qurayshi, for a long time,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said live on public broadcaster TRT Türk.

“This person was neutralized in an operation carried out by the MIT yesterday.”

The IS has so far made no comment on the reported operation.

Erdogan did not provide further details about the operation or in which area of Syria it had been carried out.

“We will continue our struggle with terrorist organizations without any discrimination,” he added.

Qurayshi is thought to have succeeded the third IS caliph Abu Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi in November after he died in an operation in southern Syria.

In February 2022 he had replaced Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, who had become the successor of the first IS caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in 2019. EFE

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