(PatriotWise.com) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has confirmed the death of ISIS leader Abu al-Hussein al-Husseini al-Qurayshi. President Erdoğan said al-Qurayshi was “neutralized” by the Turkish army during an operation on April 29th. Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization discovered his whereabouts, and he was killed at a location approximately four miles inside the Turkish-Syrian border. Some reports speculate that al-Qurayshi killed himself when surrounded by Turkish forces.
Abu al-Hussein al-Husseini al-Qurayshi was the fourth “caliph” of the Islamic State. Caliph refers to the spiritual and religious leader of Muslims and is said to be directly descended from the Islamic prophet Mohammed. He has held the post since November 2022, when he replaced previous leader Abu al-Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi.
The Islamic State, also known as ISIS, is a militant Islamic terror group dedicated to establishing a global empire under sharia law. It was formed in 1999 but rose to global prominence in 2014 when it took control of Iraqi cities after the US withdrawal in 2011. The group made frequent global headlines in the following years due to its brutality.
In 2014, US journalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIS, and a video of the murder was uploaded to the internet. Another American journalist, Steven Sotloff, suffered the same fate a month or so later.
A year after that, ISIS soldiers publicly shot and killed a group of young boys for watching soccer. They frequently captured women and sold them into slavery or forced them to marry ISIS fighters. In 2015, its terrorists released a video that horrified the world. The film showed a Jordanian pilot locked in a cage, doused with a flammable liquid, and set alight.
Furthermore, ISIS took responsibility for several terror attacks in Europe, including the deadly assault on a Paris nightclub in 2015 that killed 130 people. It was also responsible for a San Bernadino attack in 2014 that ended the lives of 14 people, and the shooting at an Orlando nightclub in 2016 that killed 49.
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