Islamic State

New Delhi, November 7, 2019:

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday has claimed to have captured a wife of the Islamic State group leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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This was announced by Erdogan while delivering a speech in Ankara. However, he did not reveal any other details, like when or how the woman was captured or identify her by name.

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Reportedly, Al-Baghdadi was known to have four wives, the maximum number he can have at one time under Islamic law.

Criticizing the United States’ “communications campaign” on slaying the IS group leader, Erdogan said, “We caught his wife, but we didn’t make a fuss about it. I am announcing this today for the first time.”

Earlier on November 5, Turkey has claimed to capture the elder sister of the slain leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State group in northwestern Syria.

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.

She was captured from a trailer container 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.

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It may be mentioned here that on October 26, IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi blew himself up during a raid by U.S. special forces on his heavily fortified safe house in the Syrian province of Idlib.

The raid was a major blow to his extremist group, which has lost territories it held in Syria and Iraq in a series of military defeats by the U.S-led coalition and Syrian and Iraqi allies.

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