The Islamic State claims that its leader died in a confrontation with al-Qaeda

Islamic State (Daesh, Isis) has announced in an audio recording published on Telegram that the death of its former leader, Abu Al-Hussein al-Husseini al-Qurachi occurred during a confrontation with jihadists from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, an al-Qaeda-affiliated group in north-western Syria, according to information circulating on social networks.

He was killed “after a direct confrontation (…) in one of the towns in Idleb province” with HTS, a former local affiliate of al-Qaeda, which had tried to capture him, the IS spokesman said loudly . The recording was published on one of the group’s Telegram channels without specifying the exact place or date of his death.

In early May, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that “the suspected leader of Daes in Syria had been “neutralized” during an operation by the Turkish Intelligence Agency (MIT).. According to the state-run Anadolu News Agency, the leader of the jihadist group was being held in a house with an “underground bunker” a few kilometers north of Jaindaris in Afrin Province, which borders Turkey. Images broadcast by various Turkish media outlets, including official TV channel TRT, showed a two-story house surrounded by fields, with walls partially blown away. To gain entry, members of the Turkish secret service blew up the side walls and doors at the back of the house. The leader of the jihadist group activated an explosive belt to avoid being captured.

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