Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his troops have captured the wife, sister and brother-in-law of ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdad.
& # 39; The United States said that Baghdadi committed suicide in a tunnel. They started a communication campaign on this & # 39 ;, Erdogan said in a speech at the University of Ankara.
& # 39; But I am announcing it here for the first time: we have captured his wife and made no fuss like her. Similarly, we also captured his sister and brother-in-law in Syria. & # 39;
Earlier this week, Turkey revealed that it had captured Baghdad's older sister, Rasmiya Awad, who was found in a trailer container with her family in Syria.
An undated handout photo made available by the US Department of Defense (DOD) shows Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS murdered in Idlib province in Syria last month
Rasmiya Awad, presumably the sister of the former ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was captured Monday in the northern Syrian city of Azaz
A Turkish official said she was imprisoned today during a raid near the city of Azaz, along with her husband, daughter-in-law and five children.
Little is known about the sister of al-Baghdadi, who was murdered last month in an American raid on the nearby province of Idlib.
The area where it was found is part of Syria that Turkish troops invaded last month after the withdrawal of US troops from the region.
The adults detained by the Turks are being questioned, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity in accordance with the government protocol.
& # 39; Things like this are a secret gold mine. What she knows (IS) can significantly increase our understanding of the group and help us catch more bad guys, & the official said.
Last August, another sister, whose identity was not released by the authorities, was sentenced to death in Iraq.
She was found guilty of & # 39; offering logistical support and assistance to (ISIS hunters) in carrying out criminal acts & # 39 ;, according to reports at that time.
Al-Baghdadi was cornered by Delta Force commands when they stormed his compound in Barisha village near Idlib, northern Syria, on October 26.
A woman, presumably the daughter-in-law of Rasmiya Awad (left), the sister of the killed Islamic state leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was arrested Monday by Turkish security officials in the Turkish northern Syrian city of Azaz and (right) a man who Awad's husband believed
The extremist cleric blew himself up by blasting a suicide belt after running into a dead end and dragging two of his children with them to their deaths.
The raid was a major blow to ISIS, which has lost territories it had in Syria and Iraq in a series of military defeats by the US-led coalition and Syrian and Iraqi allies.
Many IS members escaped via smuggling routes to northwestern Syria in the final days of the group's territorial defeat earlier this year, while others were fused with the desert in Syria or Iraq.
The retired al-Baghdadi, who is Iraqi from Samarra, was known to be close to one of his brothers, known as Abu Hamza.
Al-Baghdadi's assistant, a Saudi, was killed hours after the raid, also in northwestern Syria, during an American strike.
The group called a successor to al-Baghdadi days later, but little is known about him or how the structure of the group was influenced by successive strokes.
A drone image of the operating area in northern Syria, where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was murdered last month by US command & # 39; s
Information about his whereabouts also came from Iraqi troops who conquered members of the inner circle of Baghdad, including his courier and the wife of the courier.
Last week the Pentagon released footage with the raid that resulted in the death of al-Baghdadi.
An audio tape posted online on Thursday confirmed that his leader had died and swore revenge on the United States.
Baghdadi had risen from the darkness to lead the ultrahardline group and himself & # 39; caliph & # 39; of all Muslims, from 2014-2017 control over huge parts of Iraq and Syria before the control of the Islamic State was taken away by the US-led coalition forces including Iraqis and Syrian Kurds.
Al-Baghdadi preaches in a video during Friday prayer in a mosque in Mosul in a video that was released when he explained the establishment of the so-called Islamic state in 2014
The compound of leader of the Islamic state of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is seen just before an air strike in the Idlib region of Syria on October 26, 2019
The group, also known as ISIS, said that a successor to Baghdadi, identified as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Quraishi, had been appointed.
A senior US official said last week that Washington was looking at the new leader to determine where he came from.
World leaders welcomed his death, but she and security experts warned that the group, who committed atrocities against religious minorities and denounced most Muslims, remained a security threat in Syria and beyond.
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