Was the new Isis leader, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi (aka Abdullah Qardash), captured in Syria? According to rumors, Daesh caliph was arrested in an SDF-Inherent Resolve raid on Deir Ezzor. The operation has been confirmed, but there are no details on the arrested jihadist
Was the new Isis leader, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi (aka Abdullah Qardash), captured in Syria? In the past few hours, the SDF special forces (HAT) carried out an operation together with Inherent Revolve in Al-Zar, in the Deir Ezzor province, which led to the capture of an Islamic State jihadist. The International Coalition confirms, stressing that it is a mid-level commander and Kurdish fighters add that he has been transferred to be investigated. Subsequently, however, rumors appeared on social media that the man is Iraqi and that he may even be Daesh caliph. On official channels, however, at the moment there are no further details, nor confirmations or denials. Not even on IS propaganda organs. Qardash had been reported in Iraq in late April, according to local intelligence. Therefore, it is not excluded that he may subsequently have entered Syria, probably via Qaim.
Meanwhile, HTS in Idlib is focusing on the population to gain consensus and become leader
Meanwhile, the strategy of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) to become leader in Idlib continues. In parallel with more efforts to undermine and delegitimize rival militias, HTS is acting on the population of the Syrian province. In addition to supporting the fight against Russia-Turkey joint patrols on the M4, a more widespread presence in the area and attention to the needs and critical issues of the local inhabitants were added. The confirmation comes from SITE analysts, who reported a photo depicting the leader of the group who visits the sick and the injured by the attacks of the Syrian army (SAA) and the TAF. The goal is to increase consensus and be legitimized as a “government authority”, to the detriment of Damascus. For now, the Bashar Assad regime is letting go, as the “war” launched by HTS creates difficulties only for Ankara.
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