Turkey captures sister of dead ISIS leader – Turkish Presidency
Turkish authorities have captured the sister of the Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed in a U.S. raid in northern Syria, Turkey's Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said on Tuesday.
"The arrest of al-Baghdadi's sister is yet another example of the success of our counter-terrorism operations," Altun said on Twitter.
Turkey's fight against terror regardless of its ideology or origin continues unabated.— Fahrettin Altun (@fahrettinaltun) November 4, 2019
The arrest of al-Baghdadi's sister is yet another example of the success of our counter-terrorism operations.
Baghdad’s sister, Rasmiya Awad, was detained in a raid near the Turkish-controlled northern Syrian border town of Azaz, Reuters said, citing a Turkish official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Turkey is interrogating Awad's husband and daughter-in-law who were also detained, Reuters said.
"Much dark propaganda against Turkey has been circulating to raise doubts about our resolve against Daesh," Altun said, using the Arabic term for ISIS.
Baghdadi blew himself up in a tunnel in Syria on Oct. 26 after being cornered when U.S. special forces raided his compound in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, just 5 km from the Turkish border.
His presence in the area led some observers to raise questions on how one of the world's most wanted men avoided detection in an area where Turkey has established a military presence following a Russian-Turkish deal.