Erdogan: Turkey captures slain IS leader al-Baghdadi's wife

Cheryl Sanders
November 10, 2019

Her fate will be decided by the judiciary, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said today, TASS reported.

Turkey has announced the capture of one of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's wives more than a week after the U.S. released details of the Islamic State group leader's death during a raid by USA special forces in northern Syria.

He confirmed that Turkey had additionally captured Baghdadi's sister and brother-in-law.

In a speech he delivered in Ankara on the 70th anniversary of thefoundation of Ankara University's theology faculty, Erdogan said "thereal terrorist targeting innocent civilians in the name of Islam must beidentified".

Last month, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said two of Baghdadi's wives had also been killed at the site of last month's raid.

The Isis leader blew himself and two of his children up after United States special forces closed in on his heavily-fortified compound in Syria's Idlib province during a raid on 26 October.

She was with her husband, daughter-in-law and five children when she was detained.

The ISIS chief was killed in a USA particular forces raid carried out with the assistance of Kurdish fighters within the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, simply throughout the border from Turkey.

It was inclear if Awad's capture led to intelligence that allowed for the detention of the wife. Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, a close aide of al-Baghdadi and a spokesman for the group since 2016, was killed in a separate mission.

"Al-Baghdadi took himself out in a tunnel".

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.

"Baghdadi and the thugs who follow him were responsible for some of the most brutal atrocities of our time", he said. The Iraqi ex-wife, Saja al-Dulaimi, had fled from al-Baghdadi in 2009 while pregnant with his daughter.

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 US president had said that a "large number" of Islamic State terrorists were also killed in the raid.

Until his death, al-Baghdadi had moved from place to place in eastern Syria amid a tightening US -led campaign against his group as IS-held territory fell bit by bit.

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