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Islamic State’s new chief detained in Turkey: Reports

Islamic State’s new chief detained in Turkey: Reports

International Desk

The Islamic State group's new leader Abu Hasan al-Hashemi al-Qurashi has reportedly been captured in a recent raid in Istanbul, according to Bloomberg and local media reports. Turkish news website OdaTV identified the man as Abu al-Hassan al-Qurayshi without saying how it obtained the information, Hindustan Times reported.

Security officials in Turkey believe they have detained a man who has been leading the jihadist group since its previous chief Abu Ibrahim al-Qurashi was killed in a US operation in Syria in February, Bloomberg reported.

According to US officials, Abu Ibrahim al-Qurashi died after detonating a bomb to avoid capture as US commandos swooped in by helicopter to an area in northwest Syria controlled by the jihadists. His demise was the biggest set to the jihadist group since the killing of his predecessor Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during a 2019 US commando raid, Hindustan Times reported Hans-Jakob Schindler, senior director at Counter Extremism Project, and a former United Nations expert on jihadism, had recently said that the new ISIS chief's will have two key priorities -- to keep ties between its multiple subsidiaries and simply to stay alive.

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