ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced a big win against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) by claiming the killing of its leader in Syria.
Erdogan said on Sunday that ISIS’s chief Abu Hussein al-Qurashi was killed in Syria.
Erdogan added that his country’s national intelligence organization had been following the so-called leader of Daesh/ISIS, whose code name is Abu Hussein al-Qurashi.
“This is the first time I am saying this here. This person was killed in an operation conducted by our intelligence service MIT,” Erdogan said, according to the ANI news agency.
He further added that Turkey would continue its struggle against terrorist organizations without any discrimination.
According to Anadolu Agency, Turkey became one of the first countries in 2013 to declare Daesh/ISIS as a terrorist organization.
Since then, the country has faced several terrorist attacks by various groups. More than 300 people have been killed in at least 10 suicide bombings, seven bomb attacks, and four armed assaults, while hundreds of others have been injured. In response, Turkey launched a counter-terrorism campaign at home and abroad to stop further attacks.
In an interview, Erdogan also said that racism, Islamophobia, and xenophobia are more dangerous than terrorism and pose a serious threat to global peace and security.