Mighty terrorist nemesis Erdogan says his forces captured one of al-Baghdadi’s wives

Turkey has captured a wife of former Islamic State (IS) group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says.

On Tuesday Turkey said it had detained Baghdadi’s sister in Syria.

Baghdadi killed himself during a raid by US special forces on his compound in north-west Syria last month.
Speaking in the Turkish capital Ankara, Mr Erdogan said he was revealing the capture of Baghdadi’s wife for the first time and also said Turkey was holding the dead IS leader’s brother-in-law.

“The United States said Baghdadi killed himself in a tunnel. They started a communication campaign about this,” Mr Erdogan said, referring to details of the raid made public by US officials.

“But, I am announcing it here for the first time: we captured his wife and didn’t make a fuss like them. Similarly, we also captured his sister and brother-in-law in Syria.”

Rasmiya Awad is believed to be one of the sisters of the ex-IS leader.

On Tuesday Turkish officials said the arrest of Baghdad’s sister Rasmiya Awad would yield valuable intelligence about IS.

The arrest was reportedly made on Monday in an area of Aleppo province now under Turkey’s control.

All of a sudden, Turkey is discovering a whole host of al-Baghdadi’s relatives and arresting them. All of a sudden?