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World

AFP
November 5, 2019

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's sister arrested

World

AFP
Tue, Nov 05, 2019
File photo of Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi

ISTANBUL:  A sister of  Deash leader   Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been captured by   Turkish forces in northern Syria, a senior Turkish official said days after the militant leader was killed in  a US raid.

"Turkey has captured Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's sister" in a raid near the town of Azaz, the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP.

He named the woman as Rasmiya Awad, and said she was born in 1954.

The woman was accompanied by her husband, her daughter-in-law and five children.

Also read: Daesh chief Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi killed

"The three adults are being interrogated at this time", the official said.

He added that the arrest could be "an intelligence gold mine."

"What she knows about Daesh can significantly expand our understanding of the group", help us catch more members and "help Turkey to better protect itself and the rest of Europe from terrorists", he said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the arrests.

"Turkish forces arrested the sister of Baghdadi last night in a camp in the suburbs of the city of Azaz", said the head of the organisation, Rami Abdel Rahman.

"They arrested her, her husband, her daughter-in law, and her five grandchildren."

He said they also detained four other Iraqis, but it was not immediately clear if they were linked to Daesh or not.

The town of Azaz is located in a region of northwestern Syria that has been under Turkish control since an offensive it staged in 2016.

US President Donald Trump announced on October 27 the death of Baghdadi in a US special forces raid in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, carried out in coordination with Kurdish militants.

Baghdadi had led Daesh since 2014 and was the world's most wanted man.

The next day Turkey said that its intelligence services and military had had "intense" contact with their US counterparts on the night of the operation.