Turkey has captured a wife of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, more than a week after the former Islamic State leader killed himself during a raid by US special forces.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday the Kurdish YPG militia had not withdrawn from some Syrian border areas and that U.S. forces were still carrying out joint patrols with the group, contrary to an agreement between them.
"We captured his [Baghdadi's] wife, but we did not make a fuss like the USA did".
The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, says Turkey has captured the wife, sister and brother-in-law of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. In that regard, he said that it is not clear whether he will meet with US President Donald Trump this month as scheduled.
The AP also cited its source, also a Turkish official, as calling the capture "a gold mine".
Rasmiya Awad, 65, was arrested in a raid near Azaz, according to the official. "What she knows about ISIS can significantly expand our understanding of the group", help us catch more members and "help Turkey to better protect itself and the rest of Europe from terrorists", he said, using another acronym for IS.
He would only move at night, wearing trainers and covering his face, always with around five security men, she said. President Donald Trump on Monday declared al-Baghdadi was dead after a USA military operation in Syria targeted the Islamic State group leader. Her husband and daughter in-law were also captured.
"The distribution of humanitarian aid continues to the people of Ras al-Ayn who were rescued from the oppression and persecution of the terrorist organization PKK/YPG", the ministry said on Twitter.
Baghdadi was killed in October in northwestern Syria near the Turkish border in an operation by USA special forces.
Al-Baghdadi and the bloody terrorist group that was led came to dominate some 50,000 square kilometers of Iraq and Syria in their time of largest peak, in 2014 and 2015. A speaker also said addressing the IS leader, without naming him: "Rest assured sheikh, you have soldiers in north Baghdad".
The group, often known as ISIS, mentioned a successor to Baghdadi recognized as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Quraishi had been appointed.