BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that his country’s forces have captured one of the four wives of the slain leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, days after it captured his elder sister, Rasmiya Awad.

Erdogan, who announced this while delivering a speech in the capital of Ankara, used the occasion to also criticised the United States for making a fuss over the killing of al-Baghdadi.

According to him; “The United States said al-Baghdadi killed himself in a tunnel. They started a communication campaign about this. But, I am announcing it here for the first time: We captured his wife and didn’t make a fuss like them. We also captured his sister and brother-in-law in Syria.”

Erdogan however gave no further details as he did not say when or how the woman was captured or identify her by name.

The IS leader al-Baghdadi was believed to have blown himself up during an October 26, 2019 raid by U.S. special forces on his heavily fortified safe house in the Syrian province of Idlib.

Erdogan’s announcement came few days after Turkish forces captured al-Baghdadi’s elder sister, identified as Rasmiya Awad, in the town of Azaz, in Aleppo province in northwestern Syria.


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