The suspected leader of the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, Abu Hussein al-Qurayshi, has been killed by Turkish forces, according to Turkish President Erdogan.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that the suspected leader of the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, Abu Hussein al-Qurayshi, has been killed by Turkish forces. Al-Qurayshi was believed to have taken over the group after his predecessor was killed in 2022. The MIT intelligence agency had been tracking al-Qurayshi for a “long time”. The operation reportedly took place in the northern town of Jandaris, near the Turkish border, but the BBC has not been able to independently verify the claim. IS has not commented on the reported operation. The group once held 88,000 sq km of territory and is estimated to have between 6,000 and 10,000 fighters in Syria and Iraq.