Published: Sun, November 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Turkey Captures al-Baghdadi's Wife, Sister, Brother-in-Law in Syria - Erdogan

Turkey Captures al-Baghdadi's Wife, Sister, Brother-in-Law in Syria - Erdogan

A woman married to the slain Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been captured and is in Turkish custody, Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has said. "The United States said Baghdadi killed himself in a tunnel", Erdogan said, criticising the USA for a "communications campaign" over the jihadist's death.

Erdogan took a swipe at the United States for making a big deal of Baghdadi's killing, saying: "They started a very big communication operation".

He added: "Similarly, we also captured his sister and brother-in-law in Syria", he said in a speech at Ankara University.

According to Baghdadi's brother-in-law Mohamad Ali Sajit, who is in Iraqi custody, he had four wives when he last met him in the summer of 2018 - the maximum allowed under Islamic law.

U.S. President Donald Trump said after Baghdadi's October 26 killing by U.S. forces in northern Syria that Washington knows "exactly who he is!"

President Donald Trump declared, on Oct 27, al-Baghdadi's death in anoperation carried by American Forces in northwestern Syria's Idlibprovince.

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Rasmiya Awad, 65, was detained in a raid near Azaz, the official said, referring to a Turkish-controlled Syrian town near the border.

The official said the sister was with her husband, daughter-in-law and five children.

A Turkish official said Awad is suspected of being affiliated with the extremist group and called her capture an intelligence "gold mine". It is not clear if any of his wives were present during the USA attack.

One of al-Baghdadi's wives is an Iraqi known by the name of Nour, the daughter of one of his aides, Abu Abdullah al-Zubaie. The US president had said that a "large number" of Islamic State terrorists were also killed in the raid.

Baghdadi rose from obscurity to lead the ultra-hardline group and declare himself caliph of all Muslims, holding sway over huge areas of Iraq and Syria from 2014-2017 before Islamic State's control was wrested away by a US-led coalition.

The group's new spokesman, named Abu Hamza al-Qurayshi, said the new leader is Abu Ibrahim Hashimi al-Quraishi.

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