‘Abu Zeyd’ was recognized by a UN Safety Council report revealed in July as ‘one of many senior executives’ of ISIL.
Turkish safety forces have arrested a senior determine of ISIL (ISIS), President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated.
The commander, who’s code-named Abu Zeyd, was captured in Turkey in an operation carried out by police and Turkey’s intelligence company, Erdogan informed journalists on his return from a three-nation tour to the Balkans on Thursday.
Abu Zeyd’s actual identify is Bashar Hattab Ghazal al-Sumaidai, and was recognized by a United Nations Safety Council report revealed in July as “one of many senior executives of the [ISIL] terrorist organisation”.
Turkish media have reported that al-Sumaidai could the truth is be the person often known as Abu Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi – an Iraqi who’s the brand new chief of all the ISIL group.
Nevertheless, Erdogan solely referred to al-Sumaidai as a prime ISIL official in Syria.
“In his interrogation, he additionally acknowledged that he was a so-called ‘qadi’ [judge] of the so-called ministry of schooling and ministry of justice,” Turkish media quoted Erdogan as saying.
Erdogan didn’t say when the ISIL commander had been captured, however was quoted by Anadolu Company as saying that the commander was transferred to judicial authorities in Turkey after his interrogation by police and intelligence personnel.
“This terrorist’s connections in Syria and Istanbul had been adopted for a very long time, and intelligence data was obtained that he would enter Turkey illegally,” Erdogan stated.
After a meteoric rise in 2014 in Iraq and Syria that noticed it conquer huge swaths of territory, ISIL collapsed below a wave of offensives.
It was defeated in Iraq in 2017 and in Syria two years later, however sleeper cells of the group nonetheless perform assaults in each nations.
Syria’s warfare started in 2011 and has killed practically half 1,000,000 individuals and compelled about half of the nation’s pre-war inhabitants from their houses.