As the current scenario suggests, Turkish forces have played an important role not only in Turkey but throughout the Middle-East.
Though its military intervention in northern Syria in the month of October was harshly criticized by the US, which in return sanctioned Turkey while considering the threats of incursion, the move played an important role in reducing IS terror in the region.
Despite the Syrian claims that Turkey’s incursion would lead to the re-emergence of halted IS activities in the country, huge fights continued as Turkey pressed ahead against the Kurdish fighters.
The move was largely supported by the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who claimed that the offensive was aimed to remove the Kurdish-led forces from the border area and create a “safe zone” to which millions of Syrian refugees can be returned.
Days after both the US and Turkey agreed to Syrian ceasefire, the US forces launched a huge operation, to kill the IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Though the US forces have been combating ISIS in Syria since 2017, it appears that they were waiting for the right time to kill the IS leader that eventually came with the Turkish invasion in northern Syria.
Baghdadi was killed in an operation carried out by the US forces only after the Turkish forces launched a full-fledged offensive against the extremist group in the country. The video footage of the raid was released by the Pentagon on October 30, while a DNA test confirmed Baghdadi’s identity before he was later buried at sea.
In a similar attempt to blow out the IS terror in the region, the Turkish forces stated that they captured the sister of the slain leader, Rasmiya Awad on Monday. The Turkish authorities added, “This incident is a gold mine for intelligence.”
The arrests came as a jackpot following the IS’ big announcement that they publicized throughout the social media sites to promote terror. Later, the terrorist organization declared Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi as its new leader. He is said to be a scholar, well-known warrior and “emir of war”, the terrorist group revealed.
The 65-year-old woman was suspected of being affiliated with the extremist group and was thereby caught along with her husband, mother-in-law and five children in a trailer container near Azez in Aleppo Province in northwestern Syria.
Since the region is administered by Turkey after it carried out a military incursion to chase away ISIS militants and Kurdish fighters, all of those captured were questioned by the Turkish forces, who could now get more information on the ISIS’ new agenda, and significantly prepare against any unwanted terrorist activity in the region.
The defeat of ISIS during the raids in northern Syria indicates the fact that both the US and Turkey now aim to end the terror that has long ruled the northern Syrian territories.