New Daesh leader captured in Istanbul raid by Turkey
Turkey-The local media in Turkey has claimed that the country has captured new leader of Deash, also known as Islamic State group, in a raid carried out in Istanbul. According to the Turkish news website Oda TV, newly elected leader of Daesh Abu Al-Hasan Al-Hashimi Al-Qurayshi was captured in an operation streamlined under Zafer Aktas, the chief of Istanbul Police. The operation was conducted after days of thorough surveillance.
The new leader of group was selected after the previous leader Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashimi Al-Qurayshi, was killed by US forces on February 3 in northwestern Syria.
Well planned operation of Turkish police
Daesh has been under radar of Turkish police that has carried out systematic raids across the country against the group’s cells. In May, Turkish police had successfully arrested a prospective suicide bomber linked to Daesh in Urfa on Syrian border. During same week, three more people were arrested in Bursa with alleged links to the group.
Latest raid can be a master stroke
Experts suggest that the latest raid by Turkey capturing new leader of Daesh can be used by Ankara to up its game on a global stage, highlighting its commitment to fight the global terrorism to NATO allies.
Soner Cagaptay, director of the Turkish Research Program at the Washington Institute said, “It is not a coincidence that Ankara allegedly captured the top figure of Daesh amid ongoing debates about NATO enlargement and Turkey’s accusations against some Nordic countries about their alleged support of terror groups.”
Currently, Turkey is trying to remind NATO of its importance in conducting anti-terrorism operations in this part of the world. This will also bring an extra credit to Ankara as it works to bring its fight with domestic terrorism to notice. Turkey has voiced its opposition on Finland and Sweden joining NATO on same argument.
“This latest operation in Istanbul is instrumental for Ankara to urge the Western alliance that it is now their turn to understand Turkey’s domestic terrorism concerns that cover not only Daesh but also other terror groups including the Kurdistan Workers’ Party — PKK — and its Syrian offshoot YPG,” Cagaptay said.