World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey on Friday reaffirmed its determination in fighting against ISIL terrorist organization and confirmed the “apprehension of a leading member of ISIL” in Turkey's northwestern Sakarya province.
Foreign Ministry in a written statement said: "The operation referred to in the New York Times article published on May 9 initially started with the apprehension of a leading member of ISIL, Ismail Alwaan al-Ithawi, by the Turkish intelligence and law enforcement agencies in Sakarya and his subsequent deportation to Iraq."
The ministerial statement came shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump and Col. Ryan Dillon, the U.S.-led Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve’s (CJTF-OIR) spokesman, announced yesterday the arrest of five ISIL leaders.
The statement also said: "Turkey has mobilized all its national capacity in the fight against ISIL. We are pleased to see that the international cooperation established in this regard is yielding important results."
"We are pleased by the success of the operation that also benefited from Turkey’s contribution. Turkey shall continue its efforts in countering ISIL in cooperation with the US, Iraq, and other countries," it added.
On Wednesday, the Iraqi state television announced the capture of the high ranking ISIL terrorists and published their photographs and identity cards.
Iraqi security sources, who wished to remain anonymous due to restrictions on speaking to the media, said the terror group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was hiding somewhere at the Iraq-Syria border.
Last December, officials in Baghdad declared that ISIL's military presence in Iraq had been all but dismantled over operations backed by the U.S.-led International Alliance.
However, from time to time, Iraqi officials announce operations against ISIL-affiliated “sleeper cells” in certain parts of the country.Last Mod: 11 Mayıs 2018, 15:21