Turkey Claims To Have Captured ISIS Caliph Abu al-Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi in Istanbul

Turkey Claims To Have Captured ISIS Caliph Abu al-Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi in Istanbul


President Erdogan is reportedly to make an announcement on the supposed capture of Abu al-Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, the third Caliph of ISIS. According to local news the Istanbul Police Chief led an operation that captured al-Qurashi, supposedly without a shot fired.

In March of 2022, newly appointed ISIS spokesperson (who took over after the last spokesperson was killed in an airstrike) announced that Abu al-Hassan succeeded predecessor Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi after killing himself in a U.S. Special Forced raid in Atme, Syria on February 3rd, 2022.

Second Caliph of ISIS, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi (left) and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the first caliph of ISIS, both killed by the US.

While no pictures or confirmed legal name of Abu al-Hassan are publicly available, Al Ain News reported that al-Qurashi’s real name is Zaid al-Iraq and that he is Iraqi and was the Emir of the Diwan of Education.

However, according to two unnamed Iraqi security officials, al-Qurashi’s real name is Juma Awad al-Badri, and he is the elder brother of former IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Research by Iraqi historian Hisham al-Hashimi published in 2020 stated that al-Qurashi was head of the five-member Shura Council.

The Turkish announcement is sure to clear up these conflicting narratives if the news of the capture is accurate.

Tessaron United States Naval Academy alumni and current graduate student in Intelligence Analysis at American Military University. Covering flash military, intelligence, and geo-political updates.
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