Erdogan: Turkish Court Will Decide the Fate of Baghdadi's Sister

Erdogan: Turkish Court Will Decide the Fate of Baghdadi's Sister

The U.S. knows "almost nothing" about the man who has succeeded Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to lead the Daesh/ISIS terrorist organization, a senior State Department official said Wednesday.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed for the first time on Wednesday that she had been detained.

As the US -led coalition took back territories once under the terror group's hold, Baghdadi increasingly stayed in the shadows, only rarely releasing pre-recorded audio messages to his followers. However, not much is known about them.

"We captured his wife but we didn't make a big fuss".

He said one of the four women caught in the operation identified herself as someone else but was in fact Asma Fawzi Muhammad Al-Qubaysi - Baghdadi's first wife.

Ex-wife Saja al-Dulaimi, an Iraqi national, also left him in 2009 while pregnant.

Also, one of al-Baghdadi's ex-wives was arrested in Lebanon in 2014, and was freed a year later in a prisoner swap with al-Qaida. His first wife was Asma Fawzi Al Qubaisi, who was his cousin and the mother of his five eldest children: Hufaiza, Omayma, Yaman, Hasan and Fatima. It is not clear if any of his wives were present during the U.S. attack.

Al-Baghdadi's aide, a Saudi, was killed hours after the raid, also in northwestern Syria, in a US strike.

Baghdadi, who led the Islamic State group since 2014, had become the world's most wanted person for the militants' grisly attacks both in the region and overseas.

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, says Turkey has captured the wife, sister and brother-in-law of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The group named a successor to al-Baghdadi days later, but little is known about him or how the group's structure has been affected by the successive blows.

Earlier this week a senior Turkish official said Turkey had captured Baghdadi's sister, her husband and daughter-in-law, and hoped to gain intelligence from them about Islamic State, although Ankara has not said what knowledge they may have had about the group's operations.

ISIS later confirmed the death of al-Baghdadi. It was not clear if any of his wives were with him at the time of the raid, during which two of his children were killed.



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