WASHINGTON: Turkey captured the sister of useless militant Islamic State (IS) chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Monday within the northern Syrian city of Azaz, a senior Turkish official advised Reuters, and is interrogating her husband and daughter-in-law who had been additionally detained.
Rasmiya Awad, 65, was detained in a raid close to Azaz, the official mentioned, referring to a Turkish-controlled Syrian city close to the border. When captured, she was additionally accompanied by 5 youngsters.
“We hope to assemble a trove of intelligence from Baghdadi’s sister on the internal workings of ISIS,” the official mentioned.
Little impartial info is out there on Baghdadi’s sister and Reuters was not instantly capable of confirm if the captured particular person was her.
Baghdadi killed himself final month when cornered in a tunnel throughout a raid by US particular forces in northwestern Syria. Islamic State, in an audiotape posted on-line on Thursday, confirmed that its chief had died and vowed revenge in opposition to the US.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s communications director mentioned the girl’s seize was proof of Turkey’s willpower to combat in opposition to Islamic State.
“The arrest of al-Baghdadi’s sister is yet one more instance of the success of our counter-terrorism operations,” Fahrettin Altun wrote on Twitter early on Tuesday.
“A lot darkish propaganda in opposition to Turkey has been circulating to lift doubts about our resolve in opposition to Daesh,” he wrote, utilizing one other identify for Islamic State.
“Our sturdy counter-terrorism cooperation with like-minded companions can by no means be questioned.”
Baghdadi had risen from obscurity to guide the ultra-hardline group and declare himself “caliph” of all Muslims, holding sway over large areas of Iraq and Syria from 2014-2017 earlier than Islamic State’s management was wrested away by US-led coalition forces together with Iraqis and Syrian Kurds.
The group, often known as ISIS, mentioned a successor to Baghdadi recognized as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Quraishi had been appointed. A senior US official final week mentioned Washington was wanting on the new chief to find out the place he got here from.
World leaders welcomed his loss of life, however they and safety consultants warned that the group, which carried out atrocities in opposition to spiritual minorities and horrified most Muslims, remained a safety menace in Syria and past.