Istanbul (The Times Groupe)- Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi’s reign as leader of the Islamic State terror group (ISIS) may be over, less than three months after it began.
On Thursday, the Turkish website OdaTV first reported Abu al-Hassan’s arrest, saying that Turkish police had captured him without firing a single shot during a raid on a house in Istanbul last week.
Furthermore, the website reported that the IS leader was being questioned and that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would formally announce the arrest and share further details in the coming days.
According to Bloomberg News, two senior Turkish officials have confirmed the arrest under the condition of anonymity and confirmed that Erdogan has been notified.
U.S. officials, however, remained cautious.
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters Thursday that “[we] cannot confirm the reports about al-Qurashi.” Kirby added, “We’ve been looking into this all day, but we’re not in a position to confirm that press reporting.”
In March, IS named Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi as its third leader, saying he took over shortly after his predecessor was killed in a raid by U.S. special forces in northwestern Syria in February.