New Delhi, November 5, 2019:
In a major breakthrough, Turkey has claimed to capture the elder sister of the slain leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State group in northwestern Syria.
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According to reports, the Turkish Government said the 65-year-old known as Rasmiya Awad is suspected of being affiliated with the extremist group. Very little is known about the sister of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Reportedly, Rasmiya Awad was captured in a raid Monday evening. She was captured from a trailer container she was living in with her family near the town of Azaz, in Aleppo province.
The area is part of the region administered by Turkey after it carried out a military incursion to chase away IS militants and Kurdish fighters starting 2016. Allied Syrian groups manage the area known as the Euphrates Shield zone.
The official said the sister was with her husband, daughter-in-law and five children. The adults are being interrogated, he said.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity in line with government protocol, a Turkish official said Awad was with her husband, daughter-in-law and five children. He added that this kind of thing is an intelligence gold mine that will help the security forces nab more militants.
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