For the second time, the second caliph of ISIL was killed in Idlib, Syria, near the Turkish border, and in areas controlled by forces loyal to Ankara.
On February 3, Amir Mohammad Saeed, known as Abu Ibrahim al-Quraishi, the caliph of ISIL, was killed during a US-led operation in the Syrian province of Idlib.
The house of the ISIS leader’s hiding place is only 150-200 meters away from the base of the Tahrir Sham group, which is an ally of Turkey and occupies the whole of Idlib province.
The house of Abu Ibrahim al-Qurayshi’s hideout is also 400-500 meters from the Turkish police base and 800-1000 meters from the Turkish army base.
Abu Ibrahim al-Quraishi was born in 1976 in Tal Afar, Nineveh Province, Iraq.
He was a Sunni Turkmen who joined extremist groups such as Ansar al-Islam from an early age.
He was captured by the United States after the occupation of Iraq, was released in 2009 and rejoined extremist groups.
He was the closest person to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
He was the trustee of al-Baghdadi and played a major role in the genocide of Yazidis and the abduction of Yazidi women.
Abu Ibrahim al-Quraishi took over the leadership of ISIS after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed during a US-led operation in the Syrian province of Idlib.
Idlib province in Syria is under the control of Syrian opposition forces, who are loyal to Turkey, apart from Turkey, which has several military bases in the province.
The assassination of the ISIS leader took place just days after ISIL forces attacked the prison in the city of Hasakah in Syrian Kurdistan.
The attack killed 374 ISIL fighters and thwarted an escape plan for ISIL prisoners.
Simultaneously with this attack, Turkish forces and their allies attacked the positions of the Syrian Democratic Forces.
These are all parts of a puzzle.
ISIL attacks Haska prison, which is controlled by Syrian Democratic Forces, Turkish and allied forces attack Syrian Democratic Forces, and ISIL leader is killed in areas controlled by Turkey and its allies.
Where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been assassinated earlier in 2019.
Is this a coincidence? How do the first members of ISIS live in Turkey and in areas controlled by Ankara’s allies?
There has been ample evidence of a link between Turkey and ISIS in the past. Even in the recent ISIL attack on Hasakah Prison, it was reported that Turkish weapons were in the hands of ISIL forces and that they wanted to transfer them to Turkish-occupied areas after the escape of ISIL prisoners.
Despite all this evidence, is it not time to say that the United States and Europe should look for the real leader of ISIL in Ankara Palace, and why are they silent in the face of Turkey’s apparent support for ISIL and other terrorists?