Erdogan: Turkey captured slain IS leader al-Baghdadi’s wife

Sister of slain Islamic State leader 'captured' after Aleppo raid

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed for the primary time on Wednesday that she had been detained.

Turkey's president on Wednesday announced the country's forces had captured multiple relatives of slain ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, including one of the terrorist's wives - but he also used the occasion to needle the United States for making "a fuss" about the mission that resulted in the most-wanted militant's death.

Without divulging any further details, Erdogan made the announcement while delivering a speech in the capital of Ankara.

He confirmed that Turkey had additionally captured Baghdadi's sister and brother-in-law.

He expressed his rejection to the West's use of the term "Islamicterrorism", noting that "the terrorist is a person who kills people forhis own cause and this does not mean that a Muslim is a terrorist".

US President Donald Trump who had announced the IS chief's death had said later that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's number one replacement was also killed by US troops.


Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi blew himself up after US Delta Force commandos entered his hideout in northwestern Syria.

Earlier this week a senior Turkish official said Turkey had captured Baghdadi's sister, her husband and daughter-in-law, and hoped to gain intelligence from them about Islamic State, although Ankara has not said what knowledge they may have had about the group's operations.

Baghdadi was killed in Syria in late October in a raid carried out by US troops.

He said one of the four women caught in the operation identified herself as someone else but was in fact Asma Fawzi Muhammad Al-Qubaysi - Baghdadi's first wife.

Erdogan said that the suspects were being kept in detention centers in Turkey while the Turkish Justice Ministry would decide how to handle their cases. At one point, Baghdadi was also believed to be married to a German teenager, but she was reported to have fled his house in 2016. She was arrested in Lebanon in 2014 and freed a year later in an al-Qaidaprisoner swap.

"The United States said Baghdadi killed himself in a tunnel". She was also with five children at the time of her capture.

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