Published: Sun, November 10, 2019

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's wife revealed IS group secrets after capture

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's wife revealed IS group secrets after capture

The Pentagon on Wednesday released short videos of the United States forces' raid in northwestern Syria that resulted in the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The group last week announced Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi as its new leader after a U.S. commando raid killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the chief of the ultra-violent movement.

Erdogan took a swipe at america for making a giant deal of Baghdadi's killing, saying: "They started a very big communication operation".

He confirmed that Turkey had also captured Baghdadi's sister and brother-in-law. He gave no details.

A senior Turkish official said the woman, along with Baghdadi's daughter, were among a group of 11 Islamic State suspects detained in a police operation in Turkey's Hatay province, near the border with Syria, on June 2, 2018.

On Wednesday, a senior Turkish official said during a separate operation past year, Baghdadi's wife identified herself as someone else but was in fact Asma Fawzi Muhammad Al-Qubaysi - Baghdadi's first wife.

The official said she was the first wife of al-Baghdadi, who is known to have four wives.

"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, adding that the information led to a series of arrests elsewhere.

Turkey was interrogating the dead terrorist's sister, 65-year-old Rasmiya Awad, along with her husband and daughter-in-law.

The Turkish leader's comments were his second effort in as many days to publicize his country's push to catch IS members who were close to al-Baghdadi. Picture: Handout via AP/African News Agency (ANA) Asma Fawzi Muhammad Al-Qubaysi, wife of slain Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

President Donald Trump declared, on Oct 27, al-Baghdadi's death in anoperation carried by American Forces in northwestern Syria's Idlibprovince.

Since the declaration of the new leader, the IS arm has been posting pledges of allegiance from affiliates of the extremist group, offering support for the successor of al-Baghdadi.

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