Most wanted ISIS executioner shot dead
Abu Talha al Turki was living with a $320,000 (£240,000) bounty on his head after his role in a horrific execution of two Turkish soldiers.
The terror kingpin had been placed on the Turkish police’s “Blue List” of most wanted fugitives.
Al Turki appeared in a sick video in 2016 burning alive two soldiers as they stood chained to a stake.
The terrorist appeared wearing all black and carrying a machine gun and was the one who ignited the fire using a detonator.
Flames then made their way up the chains which were tied to the two men – doused in fuel – and burned them to death.
Al Turki was killed last month in a firefight with US-backed Syrian Defense Forces (SDF).
He crossed into the Syria in February 2016 and is believed to have been linked to an ISIS cell based in Turkey.
It is unknown if the fighters will be able to claim the bounty due to the SDF’s poor relationship with Ankara.
The militia’s relationship with the Kurdish organisation the People’s Protection Units means Turkey branded them terrorists.
Al Turki’s two accomplices – Hasan Aydin and Muhittin Buyukyangoz – remain at large and also have bounties on their heads.
They were members of the Yasar Group, an ISIS execution team made entirely of Turks.
The group are believed to have been responsible for the kidnapping of the two soldiers featured in the video.
Turkish conscript Sefter Tas and intelligence officer Fethi Sahin were both captured and killed by ISIS.
Tas was kidnapped while on border duty after chasing people smugglers across the border into Syria.
It is believed his capture was ordered by jihadi leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in response to Turkish airstrikes launched against ISIS.
Sahin is reported to have been captured while working to infiltrate ISIS.
Turkey initially branded the video of their deaths fake – and ordered the media not to publicise the shocking clip.
ISIS are currently on the run in the Middle East after being driven out of their strongholds in Iraq and Syria.
Jihadi forces have been left scattered and leaderless – but there are fears the death cult could regroup.
Terrorist attacks are also being encouraged by ISIS as it loses its footing in the Middle East.
ISIS’ focus is now on Russia and the World Cup as jihadis call for lone wolves to strike the footie tournament in revenge against Vladimir Putin.