Erdogan announces death of Islamic State leader in Turkish operation in Syria

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that Turkish secret services have eliminated the leader of the Islamic State terrorist group, Abu al-Hussein al-Quraishi, in an operation on Saturday in Syrian territory.

»The National Intelligence Organization (MIT) has been tracking the leader of the Islamic State, Abu al Hussein al Quraishi, for a long time. This individual was liquidated yesterday in Syria in an operation of the Turkish secret services,» Erdogan explained in statements reported by the Turkish television TRT.

The Turkish president stressed that Turkey will continue to work to counter terrorist organizations »without making distinctions between them», a reference to the Kurdish militias of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and related organizations present in countries such as Syria.

Last November 30, the United States announced the death of Abu al Hussein al Quraishi’s predecessor, Abu al Hassan al Hashimi al Quraishi in Syria in an operation by the Free Syrian Army, a pro-Turkish Syrian militia. This first al Quraishi was the brother of the group’s historic leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, killed in Syria in 2019.