ISIS’ Bloody April

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Saturday, April 29, 2023, marked the 150th and final day of Abu al-Hussein al-Husseini al-Qurayshi’s reign as the fourth caliph of the Islamic State (ISIS), reports Reuters.

According to a senior Turkish security official, special forces from the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MIT) blasted their way through the perimeter fence, back door, and walls of his two-story home in Jindires, Syria. While refusing to surrender, Qurayshi detonated the suicide vest he was wearing.

Turkish officials reported that MIT’s forces were protected by a perimeter of Turkish-backed Syrian militants. Northwest Syria has become ISIS’ last haven after it was territorially defeated in Iraq in 2017 and Syria in 2019, but Turkey backs several militant groups in the area.

According to various sources, Turkish operatives were supported by Iraqi and U.S. intelligence – including human penetration of ISIS and advanced signals intelligence.

Qurayshi’s death marks the end of a bloody April for ISIS. . .

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