The woman who ran ISIS & # 39; s sex addiction network played a key role in the CIA hunt for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, it appears.
Nisrine Assad Ibrahim, known as Umm Sayyaf, assisted the intelligence agency and Kurdish forces in their efforts to track down the terrorist – pointed to safe houses, shelters and where he could be located in Mosul.
Umm Sayyaf even predicted where al-Baghdadi is now, saying he loved Qaim or Bukamal in Iraq because he felt safer there than in Syria.
Nisrine Assad Ibrahim, known as Umm Sayyaf, helped the CIA and Kurdish intelligence search for ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (photo)
Timeline of terror: how Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has risen through the extremist group
1971: Born in Iraq, presumably in the city of Samarra, north of Baghdad
2003: US invades Iraq. Baghdadi is supposed to work as a clergyman in a mosque in Samarra
2004-2008: Baghdadi, then known as Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim al-Badry, was detained by the US in the Camp Bucca detention center, accused of being an Al Qaeda leader. Experts dispute whether or not he was a member of the organization before being detained or radicalized in prison
2010: Baghdadi becomes leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, after the former leader blows himself up by American troops
2011: The American official appointed Baghdadi a terrorist and put a $ 10 million premium on his head
2013: Under Baghdadi's leadership, ISI, as it was known at the time, is merged with the al-Nusra terrorist group and ISIS
2014: After Baghdadi conquered a huge strip of land in Iraq and Syria during a sudden uprising, he delivered a speech at the al-Nuri mosque in Mosul and declared a caliphate and changed ISIS as an Islamic state. This marks the last time the audience was seen
2016: Baghdadi released an audio recording, as the battle for Mosul starts in November, and urges his follower to & # 39; unbelievers & # 39; to kill those who threaten the city
2017: Russia claims to have killed Baghdadi in an air raid on Raqqa, but fails to provide evidence
2018: Voice recordings released from Baghdadi reportedly speaking to his followers while ISIS is being pushed by US-backed troops from Syria and Iraq
2019: Only his video appearance appeared for the second time, praising the Sri Lankan bombings and revenge for the defeat of ISIS
The 29-year-old was detained by US special forces during a raid in the Syrian city of Deir Ezzor in May 2015, during which her terrorist husband Abu Sayaff was murdered.
Senior defense experts said Umm Sayyaf worked with US officials and provided the names and communication details of various senior ISIS commanders.
But the full cooperation of the Syrian has only now come to light because her now deceased husband has close ties with al-Baghdadi, giving her a good understanding of the terrorist leader, as well as rare access to ISIS meetings.
Umm Sayyaf was reluctant to help authorities start from her cell in Northern Iraq.
But a year after her capture, she helped the Americans with maps and photos & even a building in Mosul al-Baghdadi could be there.
But the US military – who later said he was probably there – did not bomb the house out of fear of civilian casualties, and Kurdish officials claimed as a result of heavy air traffic.
Umm Sayyaf told it Guardian: & # 39; I told them where the house was. I knew he had been there because it was one of the houses that had been provided for him and one of the places he liked best. & # 39;
She said about the Americans: & # 39; They were very polite and wore civilian clothes. I showed them everything I knew. & # 39;
The jihadist woman said she often saw & # 39; the world's most wanted man-record propaganda videos & # 39; s in her house.
& # 39; He used to do that in our sitting room in Taji (central Iraq). My husband was head of the media at the time and al-Baghdadi would often visit. & # 39;
Umm Sayyaf helped the US and Kurdish troops and identified a safe house that her aunt possessed from which al-Baghdadi was expected.
She said: & # 39; Her name is Saadia Ibrahim.
& # 39; Two of her sons died with Isis. And she has been with al-Baghdadi from the beginning.
& # 39; She runs the safe house network for him. She is my father's sister. & # 39;
al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon in a mosque in Iraq during his first public appearance in 2014
She said al-Baghdadi often visited her in Syria while living in the city of Shadadah, where US relief worker Kayla Mueller was detained for a month in 2014 for her death in Raqqa in February 2015.
Umm Sayyaf is confronted with the death penalty after a court ruling in Erbil, Iraq, where she is being held by the Kurdish intelligence service.
But human rights lawyer – and wife of George Clooney – Amal Clooney called for Umm Sayyaf to be transferred to the US last month to get justice for her crimes against women – including those against the Yazidi minority in Iraq and Mueller.
Amal Clooney (pictured during a Security Council meeting on sexual violence at the United Nations headquarters on April 23) called for the transfer of Sayyaf to the US
Clooney, representing Yazidi women and girls detained in Umm Sayyaf's home, told a UN Security Council meeting on sexual violence in conflict that the Yezidi had been raped by ISIS men.
She said that Mueller & # 39; was held in brutal circumstances for more than 18 months and repeatedly raped "by the leader of the militant group, al-Baghdadi.
& # 39; Umm Sayyaf did not show solidarity with her fellow human beings. She locked them up in a room, put on their beatings and put makeup on them to prepare them for rape, & Clooney added.
Clooney called for Umm Sayyaf to be transferred to the US last month to get justice for her crimes against women – including those of the Yazidi minority and Mueller (photo)
Yet Umm Sayyaf strongly denies this.
She said: & # 39; Whatever he (al-Baghdadi) did, it didn't bring me.
& # 39; Sometimes he would come for a few hours. Sometimes he would stay longer. It was just a normal house and I provided him and my husband with tea. & # 39;
Kurdish intelligence officers admitted that Umm Sayyaf had been helpful, adding that she had given them a clear picture of the Al-Baghdadi family and the people around him.
But they said they would not release her because she would return to ISIS.
The operation of the special forces that captured Sayyah and murdered husband Abu marked a turning point in the war on terror, which eventually ended in remote Baghouz, Syria, in March.
Now Abu Sayaff believed he was ISIS & # 39; oil minister & # 39; and the man responsible for bringing much of the £ 2 million daily income from ISIS, his death slowly flowed from money to the now exhausted terrorist group.
Who is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi?
It was Camp Bucca – later & # 39; the University of Jihad & # 39; called – where Baghdadi matured as a jihadist
Ibrahim Awad al-Badri was born in 1971 and the passionate football fan came from a humble beginning in Samarra, north of Baghdad.
His school results prevented him from studying law and his poor vision stopped him from joining the army, so he moved to Baghdad district in Tobchi to study Islam.
After US-led troops invaded Iraq in 2003, he set up his own rebellious organization but never carried out major attacks.
When he was arrested and detained in February 2004 in an American detention facility in southern Iraq, he was still a much lower jihadist.
But it was Camp Bucca – later & # 39; the University of Jihad & # 39; called – where Baghdadi matured as a jihadist.
He was released at the end of 2004 for lack of evidence. Iraqi security forces arrested him twice later, in 2007 and 2012, but let him go because they didn't know who he was.
In 2005, the father of five of two different spouses promised to be faithful to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the brutal leader of the Iraqi Al-Qaeda franchise.
Zarqawi was killed by an American drone strike in 2006 and after his successor was also eliminated, Baghdadi took over in 2010.
He revived the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), expanded to Syria in 2013 and declared himself independent of Al-Qaeda.
In the following years, the Islamic State Group of Baghdadi conquered parts of the territory, set up a brutal government system and inspired thousands to join the & # 39; caliphate & # 39; to connect.
Baghdadi grew up in a family divided between a religious clan and officers who were loyal to Saddam's secular Baath party.
Years later, his Jihadist group incorporated ex-Baathists, capitalizing on the bitterness that many officers felt after the American movement to dissolve the Iraqi army in 2003.
It is suspected that he had three women in total, Iraqi Asma al-Kubaysi, Syrian Isra al-Qaysi and another, more recently, from the Gulf.
The terrorist has been accused of repeatedly raping girls and women he regards as & # 39; sex slaves & # 39; has held, including a pre-teen Yazidi girl and the American relief worker Kayla Mueller, who was subsequently killed.
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