Ankara: Turkish forces have captured slain Islamic State (IS) chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s sister in northern Syria, a authorities official confirmed right here on Tuesday.
The 65-year-old girl, named as Rasmiya Awad, was detained on Monday alongside a number of members of the family close to the Syrian city of Azaz, which is managed by Turkish-backed forces within the area, Efe information reported.
“The arrest of Baghdadi’s sister is yet another example of the success of our counter-terrorism operations,” Fahrettin Altun, Communications Director of the Turkish Presidency, stated in a tweet on Tuesday morning.
“Turkey’s struggle against terror, independent of its ideology and roots, is ongoing with all its strength.”
5 youngsters, her husband and daughter-in-law had been additionally detained and can be interrogated, based on experiences.
The Istanbul-based Day by day Hurriyet newspaper cited a Turkish safety official saying: “We hope to gather a trove of intelligence from Baghdadi’s sister on the inner workings of IS.”
However consultants have stated that it was not clear how a lot helpful intelligence Awad may present, or how a lot time she spent with Baghdadi.
“I don’t think she’d be privy to any imminent attack plans, but she might know smuggling routes. She might know networks that Baghdadi trusted, people that he trusted, networks in Iraq that helped her facilitate her own travel and her family’s travel,” Mike Pregent, a counter terrorism professional on the Washington-based think-tank, Hudson Institute informed BBC Information.
“This should be able to give our US intelligence and other allied intelligence officers a view into (IS) networks and how they moved family members, how they travelled and who they trusted.”
US President Donald Trump introduced the loss of life of Baghdadi at a press convention on the White Home on October 27.
In line with Trump, Baghdadi detonated his suicide vest after fleeing right into a tunnel throughout a US raid on his hideout in Syria’s Idlib province.
Trump stated DNA assessments had been carried out to confirm Baghdadi’s id, confirming his loss of life.
After the raid, the compound was destroyed in an air strike.
Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurashi has since been named as IS’s new chief and “caliph”.