Syrian President: Alleged ISIS Leader was killed.
Istanbul: According to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an operation carried out by Turkey's MIT intelligence agency resulted in the death of the "suspected leader" of ISIS in Syria.
He declared on television, using the Arabic term for the ISIS, that "the suspected head of Daesh, alias Abu Hussein al-Qurashi, has been neutralised in an operation carried out yesterday (Saturday) by the MIT in Syria."
On November 30, the ISIS announced the passing of its former leader, Abu Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, and the appointment of Abu Hussein al-Qurashi as his replacement.
Turkish intelligence operatives and local military police in Jindires, in the northwest region of Afrin, shut off a zone on Saturday, according to an AFP correspondent in northern Syria.
Locals informed AFP that a farm that had been abandoned and was being utilised as an Islamic school had been the subject of an operation.
Turkey has troops stationed in northern Syria since 2020, and with the assistance of Syrian auxiliary forces, controls large zones.
Midway through April, the United States conducted a helicopter raid in northern Syria on the grounds that ISIS had been preparing assaults in the Middle East and Europe.
ISIS member Abd-al Hadi Mahmud al-Haji Ali was reportedly killed in the operation, according to US Central Command.
On April 16 in Syria, suspected ISIS militants killed at least 41 persons, 24 of them were civilians.
US forces claimed to have assassinated Khalid Aydd Ahmad al-Jabouri, an ISIS senior who was in charge of plotting strikes in Europe, in the first week of April.
The ISIS claimed credit for a number of attacks in Europe when it was at its most powerful, ruling large portions of Syria and Iraq.
In an operation in northwest Syria, Washington declared in October 2019 that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, had been killed.
ISIS still conducts assaults in Syria despite having lost control of a significant portion of that country.