Turkey captured one of Baghdadi’s wives in 2018
Turkey captured one of the wives of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the slain leader of the Islamic State (ISIS), in June 2018 in the southeastern Turkish province of Hatay along with ten other members of the jihadi group, Agence France-Presse reported citing an unnamed senior Turkish official.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced on Wednesday that Turkey had captured one of Baghdadi’s wives but did not reveal the identity of the woman and did not mention when or where she had been captured.
One of the four women caught in 2018 was Baghdadi’s first wife, Asma Fawzi Muhammad Al-Qubaysi, who identified herself as Rania Mahmoud, AFP quoted the Turkish official as saying.
"We discovered (the wife's) real identity pretty quickly. At that point, she volunteered a lot of information about Baghdadi and the inner workings of [ISIS]," the official said. "We were able to confirm a lot of things that we already knew. We also obtained new information that led to a series of arrests elsewhere."
The official said that DNA tests had revealed that one of the children caught with the group was Baghdadi’s daughter.
According to a 2015 report of al Monitor, Baghdadi’s first spouse Qubaysi was also his first cousin and the couple had five children.
Fahrettin Altun, the communications director of the Turkish president, announced on Tuesday that Turkey had also captured Baghdadi's sister, her husband and daughter-in-law in northwestern Syrian town of Manbij.
Baghdadi declared himself caliph of all Muslims and ISIS ruled over large areas of Iraq and Syria from 2014 to 2017.
The United States announced on Oct. 27 that the jihadi leader had been killed during a U.S. raid near the northwestern Syrian town of Idlib, a mere 5 km away from the Turkish border.