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Erdogan says Turkish forces killed IS chief in Syria

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ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish forces have killed the chief of the Islamic State group throughout an operation in Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan mentioned late Sunday.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan instructed TRT Turk tv in an interview that the IS chief, code-named Abu Hussein al-Qurayshi, was killed in a strike performed on Saturday.

Erdogan mentioned the Turkish intelligence company, MIT, had been following him “for a very long time.”

“We are going to proceed our wrestle towards terrorist organizations with out discriminating towards any of them,” Erdogan mentioned within the interview.

A member of the Turkish-backed Syrian opposition forces’ navy police instructed The Related Press that the MIT clashed with IS militants on a farm within the village of Miska in Aleppo province late Friday evening. Because the preventing intensified, Al-Qurayshi, who was hiding in a constructing on the farm, blew himself up. Investigators have been looking out the hideout for proof and different info.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based opposition conflict monitor added that Turkish drones flew over the world, as Turkish-backed Syrian opposition teams closed off roads resulting in the world the place the clashes passed off after Ankara put them on excessive alert.

There was no rapid affirmation from the IS group.

Turkey has performed quite a few operations towards 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 collection 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. Nonetheless, he had been attempting 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 line with the U.S. navy 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 is just not 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 few decade in the past and ended up controlling giant elements of northern and japanese Syria in addition to northern and western Iraq. In 2014, the extremists declared their so-called caliphate, attracting supporters from all over the world.

Within the following years, they claimed assaults all through the world that killed and wounded tons of of individuals earlier than coming underneath assault from totally 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. ——

Sewell reported from Beirut.

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