WASHINGTON: Turkey captured the sister of useless ISIS 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-legislation who have been additionally detained.
Rasmiya Awad, 65, was detained in a raid close to Azaz, the official mentioned, referring to a Turkish-managed Syrian city close to the border. When captured, she was additionally accompanied by five youngsters.
“We hope to assemble a trove of intelligence from Baghdadi’s sister on the internal workings of ISIS,” the official mentioned.
Little unbiased data is obtainable on Baghdadi’s sister and Reuters was not instantly capable of confirming 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. ISIS, in an audio tape posted on-line on Thursday, confirmed that its chief had died and vowed revenge in opposition to the USA.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s communications director mentioned the girl‘s seize was proof of Turkey’s dedication to combatting in opposition to ISIS.
“The arrest of al-Baghdadi’s sister is one more instance of the success of our counter-terrorism operations,” Fahrettin Altun wrote on Twitter early on Tuesday.
“A lot of darkish propaganda in opposition to Turkey has been circulating to lift doubts about our resolve towards Daesh,” he wrote, utilizing one other title for ISIS.
“Our robust counter-terrorism cooperation with like-minded companions can by no means be questioned.”
Baghdadi had risen from obscurity to guide ISIS and declare himself “caliph” of all Muslims, holding sway over enormous areas of Iraq and Syria from 2014-2017 earlier than ISIS’s management was wrested away by U.S.-led coalition forces together with Iraqis and Syrian Kurds.
ISIS stated a successor to Baghdadi recognized as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Quraishi had been chosen. A senior U.S. official final week stated Washington was wanting 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 ISIS, which carried out atrocities in opposition to non-secular minorities and horrified most Muslims, remained a safety risk in Syria and the past.