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Turkey: Baghdadi nemesis of humanity, Islam, Turkey

- Turkey to continue fight against terrorist organizations Daesh/ISIS and PKK/PYD, says Turkish Foreign Ministry

Rabia Iclal Turan   | 27.10.2019
Turkey: Baghdadi nemesis of humanity, Islam, Turkey

ANKARA

ADDS REMARKS FROM FOREIGN MINISTRY, CHANGES IN DECK, HEADLINE

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the ringleader of Daesh, or ISIS, is one of the biggest enemies of humanity, Islam and Turkey, Ankara said on Sunday.

"Turkey, being one of the most active members of the The Global Coalition Against DAESH, has engaged in hand to hand combat in the forefront of the fight against the terrorist organization founded by this terrorist and the wicked ideology that it represents," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a written statement.

"Our struggle against terrorist organizations such as DAESH [ISIS] and PKK/PYD will continue uninterrupted also in the future," he added.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the man who led the Daesh terror organization as it swept up large swaths of Iraq and Syria, was killed in a U.S. night-time raid in northwestern Syria, U.S. President Donald Trump announced Sunday.

Trump thanked Turkey, Russia, Syria and Iraq for their cooperation in the raid, further saying Ankara was "terrific", and noting U.S. forces "flew over" some Turkish territory during the mission.

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