Syrian rebels didn’t know Iraqi militant killed was IS head


BEIRUT — When Syrian rebels attacked a hideout in mid-October within the southern Syrian village of Jassem, they’d no concept {that a} militant commander who was killed within the operation was the chief of the Islamic State group.

Syrian opposition activists and state media apparently didn’t know that the person killed was IS chief Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi and recognized him as Abu Abdul-Rahman al-Iraqi.

The operation lasted two days and began on Oct. 14, the day after a bombing on a bus in a suburb of the capital Damascus. That assault killed 18 Syrian troopers and wounded not less than 27 others.

Syrian state media on the time reported that authorities acquired data that IS members have hideouts within the northern neighborhoods of Jassem, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of Damascus. Within the operation, Syrian troops have been joined with former rebels who had reconciled with the federal government in 2018 and have been allowed to remain and hold their weapons within the southern province of Daraa, and collectively they started an operation towards the suspected militant hideouts, state information company SANA mentioned on the time.

Amid the depth of the combating, an Iraqi IS commander generally known as Abu Abdul-Rahman al-Iraqi, made his household escape from the home the place he was staying and as soon as they have been out and he was completely surrounded, the Iraqi citizen detonated an explosive belt he was sporting, killing himself, in response to Rami Abdurrahman who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition struggle monitor.

In a close-by home, rebels surrounded and blew up the hideout of two different IS militants, a Lebanese and a Syrian, killing each of them, Abdurrahman mentioned.

In accordance with Syria’s state information company SANA, three rebels have been killed and 7 others have been wounded within the battle in Jassem that lasted for the reason that late hours of October 14 till the following day. Throughout the combating, Syrian troops imposed a curfew on the village, SANA mentioned.

The operation didn’t get a lot consideration exterior Syria on the time however on Wednesday, an IS spokesman launched an audio saying that the group’s chief al-Qurayshi was killed in battle just lately with out giving additional particulars.

“We were taken by surprise that the man killed was the leader of Daesh,” mentioned Ahmed al-Masalmeh, who used an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group. Al-Masalmeh is an opposition activist from Daraa who now lives in Jordan however stays involved with rebels again house. He added that the knowledge they’d on the time was that the person killed was Abu Abdul-Rahman al-Iraqi who was believed to be the IS commander in southern Syria.

Al-Masalmeh mentioned rebels in southern Syria had dependable data {that a} senior IS commander was based mostly within the nation’s south after one other commander was killed in the summertime within the area.

Hours after IS made the announcement, the U.S. army mentioned al-Qurayshi was killed in mid-October including that the operation was carried out by Syrian rebels in Daraa.

The most recent killing reveals that the three IS leaders, who have been all Iraqis, have been killed in Syria in recent times exterior the areas the militant group as soon as presupposed to rule. Two have been killed by the U.S. army in Syria’s rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib whereas the third was killed in southern Syria removed from the previous domains of the so-called caliphate.

Little had been identified about al-Qurayshi, who took over the group’s management following the demise of his predecessor, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, in a U.S. raid in February in northwest Syria.

The group’s founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was hunted down by the People in a raid in Idlib in October 2019.

IS spokesman Abu Omar al-Muhajer mentioned within the audio that Abu al-Hussein al-Husseini al-Qurayshi was named because the group’s new chief.

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