Turkey captures al-Baghdadi's relatives in Syria, official says

Tue 05 Nov 2019 05:23 GMT | 09:23 Local Time

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A senior Turkish official said Turkey has captured the older sister of the slain leader of Daesh in northwestern Syria, calling the arrest an intelligence "gold mine," Daily Sabah reported.

Little is known about the sister of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The Turkish official said that the 65-year-old known as Rasmiya Awad was captured in a raid Monday on a trailer container she was living in with her family near the town of Azaz. The area is part of the region administered by Turkey.

The official said the sister was with her husband, daughter-in-law and five children. The adults are being interrogated, he said, speaking on condition of anonymity In line with government protocol.

Al-Baghdadi was killed in a U.S. military operation in Idlib, officials announced on Oct. 27.

Under his leadership, the terrorist group took control of large swathes of land in Iraq and Syria and carried out deadly attacks inside both countries and abroad.

Al-Baghdadi had been a top target for both the Trump and Obama administrations and had a $25 million bounty on his head.

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