Abu Hussein al-Qurashi, who lately took over the management of Daesh, was “neutralized” in an operation carried out by Türkiye’s Nationwide Intelligence Group (MIT) in Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan introduced late Sunday.
Erdoğan mentioned in a reside televised interview that al-Qurashi had been pursued by the intelligence for a very long time.
“Neutralized” is a time period utilized by Turkish officers to explain the killing or seize of terrorists and in most cross-border operations, it means the killing. “When america carries out a strike in opposition to Daesh, the world is speaking about it,” Erdoğan mentioned. The president famous that MIT grew to become a corporation main in counterterrorism efforts.
Syrian native and safety sources mentioned the raid occurred within the northern Syrian city of Jandaris, managed by Syrian opposition forces and was one of many worst affected within the Feb. 6 earthquake that hit each Türkiye and Syria. The Syrian opposition didn’t instantly subject any official remark.
One resident mentioned clashes began on the sting of Jandaris in a single day from Saturday into Sunday, lasting for about an hour earlier than residents heard a big explosion. Safety forces later encircled the world to forestall anybody from approaching the world.
Daesh chosen al-Qurashi as its chief in November 2022 after the earlier Daesh chief was killed in an operation in southern Syria. The terrorist group took over huge swathes of Iraq and Syria in 2014 beneath the management of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
However it misplaced its grip on the territory after campaigns by U.S.-backed forces in Syria and Iraq and Syrian forces backed by Iran, Russia and varied paramilitaries.
A U.S.-led coalition pressure nonetheless raids Daesh officers in Syria. As well as, the U.S., beneath the pretext of this “combat” in opposition to Daesh, provides army gear and coaching to PKK/YPG, a terrorist group holed out in northeastern Syria, regardless of protests by Türkiye, which each terrorist teams goal.
“An amazing and robust Türkiye is a supply of delight for its residents, and we yearn for it by combating in opposition to terrorist teams,” Erdoğan mentioned. “We deterred terrorist teams. Our combat in opposition to terrorism additionally helps the safety of Europe, however Europe just isn’t conscious of this. We’re the one nation finishing up a combat in opposition to PKK/YPG that will get outcomes,” he mentioned.
Prior to now, Daesh would declare victories solely dreamt of by al-Qaeda, seizing huge stretches of territory that spanned the center of the Center East. At its top, the terrorist group managed roughly one-third of Syria and 40% of Iraq amid widespread instability, claiming main cities, together with Mosul and Raqqa, and bringing an iron-fisted rule that attracted individuals worldwide.
Its grotesque violence was unfold worldwide, with movies of human immolation and beheadings circulating on-line. It later directed and impressed vicious terror assaults that killed innocents in London, Paris, Istanbul, New York Metropolis and Orlando, Florida.
The U.S.-led coalition would declare victory in erasing the phobia group’s territorial holdings in 2019, the identical yr the U.S. killed Baghdadi, the person whose title was synonymous with the phobia group’s heinous violence, slavery, and mass rape.
His dying and the rollback of Daesh’s territorial holdings have been main milestones within the U.S.’ international countertenor operations. Nonetheless, the terrorist group continues to plot assaults within the area and past, with native branches and sleeper cells working within the Center East, Africa, and South and Central Asia.
In 2013, Türkiye grew to become one of many first international locations to declare Daesh, a terrorist group. Nevertheless, the nation has since been attacked by Daesh a number of instances, with over 300 individuals killed and tons of extra injured in no less than 10 suicide bombings, seven bomb assaults, and 4 armed assaults.
In consequence, Türkiye launched operations at house and overseas to forestall additional assaults, together with a number of counterterrorism operations in Syria.
Terrorists from Daesh and different teams, such because the PKK/YPG, depend on a community of members and supporters in Türkiye. In response, Ankara has been intensifying its crackdown on the terrorists and their hyperlinks at house, conducting pinpoint operations and freezing property to eradicate the roots of terrorist teams.
Türkiye deported 9,000 overseas terrorist fighters, primarily from Daesh, from 102 totally different nationalities, of which 1,168 are from the U.S. or the European Union member international locations since 2011.
France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Romania, Sweden and Austria have been the main EU international locations by way of deported overseas terrorists.
The difficulty of dealing with Daesh terrorists and their households detained in Syria, together with overseas members of the phobia group, has been controversial, with Türkiye arguing foreign-born terrorists ought to be returned to their international locations of origin. Ankara has mentioned a number of European international locations resisted its efforts to ship Daesh terror group members to their international locations, however it’ll press ahead.
Because the starting of the Syrian civil battle in 2011, almost 5,000 overseas fighters have traveled from the EU to battle areas in Syria and Iraq, based on estimates by the European Union Company for Regulation Enforcement Cooperation, higher referred to as Europol.
Since its formal defeat in Iraq in 2017 and important lack of territory in Syria since 2015, Daesh fighters have been main their operations underground, moreover shedding their leaders to army operations. The group’s final three leaders, all Iraqis, have been killed in Syria lately outdoors the areas it as soon as presupposed to rule.
The final Daesh chief, Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, the successor of Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi, who dedicated suicide throughout a U.S. raid earlier in 2022, was killed in mid-October final yr by the Syrian opposition forces in southern Syria, as confirmed by the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).
Remaining Daesh militants, whose numbers attain hundreds, largely cover in distant territory throughout the area however nonetheless possess the flexibility to hold out important insurgent-style assaults.