Turkey ‘Captures’ Al-Baghdadi’s Sister

Turkey says it arrested Rasmiya Awad, sister of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the late leader of the Islamic State (IS), and her husband in Syria.

Awad’s daughter-in-law and five grandchildren are also said to have been detained.

According to NAN, Suleyman Soylu, Turkish interior minister made this known on Tuesday.

Soylu said they were captured in Azaz district of Aleppo city in northwestern Syria on Monday.

The Turkish army and Turkey-backed Syrian rebels have been in control of Azaz district since its military offensive in 2016.

“The arrest of al-Baghdadi’s sister is yet another example of the success of our counter-terrorism operations,” Fahrettin Altun, Turkey’s communications director, tweeted.

“Our determination to bring justice to those who seek to terrorise our people and destabilise our region cannot be questioned.”

Al-Baghdadi was killed in a late-night US-led operation in a compound near the village of Barisha in northwestern Syria on October 26.

President Donald Trump said al-Baghdadi detonated a suicide vest, killing himself and three of his children after US special forces trapped him in a dead-end tunnel.

He said Al-Baghdadi’s “mutilated” body was retrieved and tested, providing “certain, immediate and totally positive identification” that it was him.

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