Turkey captured the sister of lifeless Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Monday within the northern Syrian city of Azaz, a senior Turkish official informed 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 kids.
“We hope to assemble a trove of intelligence from Baghdadi’s sister on the interior workings of ISIS,” the official mentioned.
Little impartial info is on the market on Baghdadi’s sister and Reuters was not instantly in a position to confirm if the captured particular person was her.
Baghdadi killed himself final month when cornered in a tunnel throughout a raid by U.S. particular forces in northwestern Syria. Islamic State, in an audio tape posted on-line on Thursday, confirmed that its chief had died and vowed revenge in opposition to the US.
Baghdadi had risen from obscurity to guide the ultra-hardline group and declare himself “caliph” of all Muslims, holding sway over big areas of Iraq and Syria from 2014-2017 earlier than Islamic State’s management was wrested away by U.S.-led coalition forces together with Iraqis and Syrian Kurds.
The group, also called ISIS, mentioned a successor to Baghdadi recognized as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Quraishi had been appointed. A senior U.S. official final week mentioned Washington was trying on the new chief to find out the place he got here from.
World leaders welcomed his demise, 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 risk in Syria and past.