ISIL foiled in attempt to kidnap Syrian rebel leader in Turkey: Report
Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ayn al-Arab, as seen from the village of Mürşitpınar in the southeastern Turkish province of Şanlıurfa, Oct. 19. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILICA top Syrian rebel commander has been shot and wounded in an apparent kidnapping attempt by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in a Turkish city, The Telegraph reported Oct. 19.
Abu Issa, the leader of Thuwar Raqqa, a Syrian rebel group that has been fighting ISIL in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane, was ambushed by ISIL militants in the neighboring Turkish province of Şanlıurfa on the afternoon of Oct. 17, according to the report.
The rebel commander and his son, Ammar, 20, were snatched from their car while returning home after meeting with Turkish officials in the Şanlıurfa city center, The Telegraph reported.
“ISIL cars blocked the road ahead of them and four armed men grabbed them from the vehicle,” said Ahmed Abdul Khader, a spokesman for Thuwar Raqqa.
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