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Turkey Captures ISIS Leader in Istanbul

27 May 2022 01:14

Islam Times - Turkey announced that in a raid in the city of Istanbul managed to capture ISIS terror group Abu Hasan al-Hashemi al-Qurashi.

Senior officials told the Turkish news site OdaTV that counter-terrorism officers and intelligence agents captured Abu Hasan al-Hashemi al-Qurashi in the Turkish city of Istanbul without giving further details.

Qurashi, whose real name is Juma Awad al-Badri, has led the terrorist group since its previous leader, Abu Ibrahim al-Qurashi, was killed in a US operation in Syria in February.

According to Iraqi security officials, Badri is the brother of the first ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who proclaimed the group's "caliphate" in Mosul in 2014.

OdaTV quoted officials saying the militant leader was captured after lengthy surveillance on a house he was staying in.

Police also reportedly did not open fire during the operation, which the news site said was carried out in "great secrecy."

The site did not identify any of the officials involved but said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would announce the arrest in the coming days.

While ISIS no longer controls the vast territory it did during its peak between 2014 and 2018, when it held a third of Syria and Iraq, the group has remained a security threat throughout the region, particularly in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan.

On Thursday, the group claimed responsibility for a series of bomb attacks in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

Officials in the country said at least 16 people were killed in the blasts.

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