Sister of slain Islamic State leader 'captured' after Aleppo raid

Rasmiya Awad believed to be the sister of slain Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who was captured on Monday in the northern Syrian town of Azaz by Turkish security officials

Sister of slain Islamic State leader 'captured' after Aleppo raid

Turkey has announced the capture of one of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's wives more than a week after the U.S. released details of the Islamic State group leader's death during a raid by USA special forces in northern Syria.

Erdogan made the announcement while delivering a speech in the capital of Ankara but gave no other details.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed for the primary time on Wednesday that she had been detained.

Photo of a woman identified as Asma Fawzi Muhammad al-Qubaysi, wife of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. However, not much is known about them.

"We caught his wife - I say this today for the first time - but we didn't make a big fuss about it", Erdogan told a gathering of students in Ankara.

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.

Ex-wife Saja al-Dulaimi, an Iraqi national, also left him in 2009 while pregnant.

Also, one of hi ex-wives was arrested in Lebanon in 2014, and was freed a year later in a prisoner swap with al-Qaida. His first wife was Asma Fawzi Al Qubaisi, who was his cousin and the mother of his five eldest children: Hufaiza, Omayma, Yaman, Hasan and Fatima.

She was stated to be the "first wife" of the ISIS chief, who was killed in a United States particular forces.

The statement also contained threats against America, referred to United States President Donald Trump as a senile old man and warned that what's to come will be worse by comparison to the days of the group under Baghdadis leadership.

Islamic State confirmed the death of its former leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and said Abu Ibrahim al Hashimi al Qurashi is named as "new caliph". "We have also caught his sister and her husband", Erdogan said in an address in Ankara.

The raid that killed al-Baghdadi was a major blow to his extremist group, which has lost territories it held in Syria and Iraq in a series of military defeats by the U.S-led coalition and Syrian and Iraqi allies. It was not immediately clear if her capture produced intelligence that led to the capture of the unidentified wife.

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