A close associate of the slain ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been captured in Istanbul.
A statement from Istanbul police on Sunday said the Afghan national, who was detained in ASIM’s Adahir district on Wednesday, was identified only by the codename ASIM.
A joint operation by Istanbul police and Turkish intelligence has revealed that the suspect was involved. Al-Baghdadi is helping to hide In the Syrian province of Idlib after the collapse of the group in 2019.
Al-Baghdadi was assassinated in October 2019 by US special forces in a raid on Syrian strongholds.
Turkish media published a picture of a man with a wavy beard in a light coat after his arrest, and the previous picture was made for the same person and shows a long-haired, heavy bearded man in a curved sword-wielding military fatigue.
The state-run Anadolu news agency reported that ASIM had doubts about ISIL’s training in Syria and Iraq, as well as its role in the decision-making council.
He came to Turkey with a fake passport and identity card, Turkish media reported.
Turkey spontaneously conducted operations and detained suspected ISIL members within its borders.
ISIL carried out various attacks across Turkey, including a nightclub in Istanbul on January 1, 2017, in which 39 people were killed, and a bomb attack in the historic historic heart of the city in 2016 killed 12 people.