Turkey has captured a wife of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, more than a week after the former ISIS leader killed himself during a raid by US Special Forces.
“The US said Baghdadi killed himself in a tunnel. They started a communication campaign about this,” Erdogan said in a speech at Ankara University. “But, I am announcing it here for the first time: We captured his wife and didn’t make a fuss like them. Similarly, we also captured his sister and brother in law in Syria.”
A senior Turkish official said earlier this week that Turkey had captured Baghdadi’s sister, her husband and daughter.
Traveling to Turkey
In an exclusive report, The National - citing Iraqi intelligence officials - reported that the ISIS leader's brother, Juma, traveled back and forth between Syria and Turkey several times, months before al-Baghdadi died in a US operation.
Iraqi security services worked with their US counterparts on the surveillance of Juma in Turkish territory, the officials told the Abu Dhabi-based newspaper.
"It is unlikely he was smuggled across the border, but rather moved across it freely," The National quoted an Iraqi intelligence agent as saying.
According to the report, the courier was delivering messages from ISIS commanders in Iraq, such as information of their forces, money, logistics, and routes.