Erdogan announces arrest of top leader "ISIS" (A photo)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkish security forces have arrested a senior leader of the ISIS terrorist organization, Bashar Khattab, Ghazal Al-Sumaydaye.

Erdogan’s statement was made in an interview with journalists on the plane during his return to Turkey from a tour of the Balkans.

Erdogan stressed that the General Directorate of Security, the Istanbul Security Directorate and the Intelligence Service carried out an important operation against ISIS.

He said: “The terrorist Bashar Khattab Ghazal al-Sumaydai, nicknamed ‘Abu Zayed/Professor Zayed’, who is considered one of the top leaders of ISIS, has been arrested in Turkey.”

Erdogan pointed out that al-Sumaydaye is the most important leader in the ranks of ISIS after the assassination of the organization’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his successor Abdullah Qardash.

He added: “International reports and a United Nations security report contained information that this terrorist was one of the top leaders of the organization, and his testimony during interrogations included that he held positions in the so-called judiciary and the Ministry of Education and Justice within the organization. “.

He added: “Long ago, his connections in Syria and Istanbul were tracked and intelligence information was obtained about his intention to enter Turkey illegally, and thanks to a successful security and intelligence operation, he was arrested.” .

President Erdogan indicated that he was handed over to the judicial authorities by order of the Istanbul Prosecutor’s Office after being interrogated by Turkish intelligence and security services.

According to the Turkish Anadolu Agency, the name of Bashar Khattab Ghazal al-Sumaydaye, co-head of the organization, was mentioned in the thirtieth report of the Security Council on July 11, 2022.

On February 3 last year, ISIS leader Amir Muhammad Abdul Rahman al-Maula al-Salbi was killed in a US-led operation in Atmeh, Syria, near the Turkish border.

The report went on to say that on March 10, the organization acknowledged Al-Salabi’s death and that Abu Al-Hasan Al-Hashemi Al-Qurashi would replace him. Although the identity of Al-Qurashi has not yet been established, it is believed that this person is most likely the Iraqi Bashar Khattab Ghazal Al-Sumaydaye.

Source: Anatolia

Related Stories

Leave a Reply