Arrested on April 28 in the Atasehir district of Istanbul, this Afghan was, according to the Turkish channel NTV, responsible for the “military branch” of Daesh. He allegedly helped al-Baghdadi go into hiding in Idleb, Syria, where he was killed.
A senior official of the terrorist group Daesh considered the right-hand man of its former leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was arrested by police in Istanbul, local media reported on 2 May. Police officers captured this Afghan, who goes by the code name of “Basim”, during a raid in the Atasehir district, on the Asian side of the city. According to the DHA news agency, his arrest took place on April 28.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in 2019 during a US special forces raid carried out with the help of Kurdish fighters in Idleb province, located in northwestern Syria. Turkish media reported that Basim helped al-Baghdadi go into hiding in Idleb. He was also in charge of the “military wing” of the jihadist group, NTV TV channel reported. He arrived in Istanbul with a fake passport and identity card, the channel said.
Turkey has stepped up the fight against Daesh, which organized deadly attacks in the country, including the shooting at an Istanbul nightclub that killed 39 people in 2017.