ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi was captured by the U.S.-led coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in a recent security operation in southeast Deir Ezzor, the Raqqa Media Center reported on May 7.
The operation, which took place on May 6, targeted the town of al-Zawr. Five helicopters of the coalition supported the operation, engaging targets inside the town. Two of the wanted personnel blew themselves up, while a third person, an Iraqi citizen, was captured.
According to the Raqqa Media Center, which is affiliated with the SDF’s self-administration, the captured Iraqi was none other than the infamous ISIS leader, al-Qurashi.
“The air landing lasted for hours and was the largest in terms of the number of participating personnel, planes and the duration of the landing,” the media center said in a Facebook post describing the operation in which al-Qurashi was allegedly captured.
Al-Qurashi, whose real name is Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli al-Salbi, was appointed as the ISIS leader a week after the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a U.S. raid on northwest Syria in October of 2019.
The claims about the capture of al-Qurashi appears to be false as Col. Myles B. Caggins III, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, revealed that an “ISIS mid-level fighter” was captured in the recent operation in Deir Ezzor.
The Syrian Democratic Forces, supported by @CJTFOIR @SOJTFOIR, conducted an operation targeting ISIS members responsible for terrorist activities in Deir ez Zor Province, Syria, May 6. One ISIS mid-level fighter was detained by SDF. #DefeatDaesh https://t.co/e6QCxhHL8D pic.twitter.com/O2cMXgoy1i
— OIR Spokesman Col. Myles B. Caggins III (@OIRSpox) May 7, 2020
The identity of the captured terrorist is yet to be revealed. However, the location of the operation indicates that he may be one of ISIS’ Emirs [Islamic term for senior commander] in Deir Ezzor.