Abu Hussein al-Qurashi, who recently took over the leadership of Daesh, was “neutralized” in an operation conducted by Türkiye’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) in Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced late Sunday.
Erdoğan said in a live televised interview that al-Qurashi had been pursued by the intelligence for a long time.
“Neutralized” is a term used by Turkish officials to describe the killing or capture of terrorists and in most cross-border operations, it means the killing. “When the United States carries out a strike against Daesh, the world is talking about it,” Erdoğan said. The president noted that MIT became an organization leading in counterterrorism efforts.
Syrian local and security sources said the raid occurred in the northern Syrian town of Jandaris, controlled by Syrian opposition forces and was one of the worst affected in the Feb. 6 earthquake that hit both Türkiye and Syria. The Syrian opposition did not immediately issue any official comment.
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