Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s sister arrested in Syria

Turkey launched an offensive into north-eastern Syria last month. The move prompted widespread concern over the fate of ISIS prisoners in the region

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s 65-year-old sister, suspected to be an extremist, captured by Turkey from Syria

Little is known about her. According to the USA leader, the number one terrorist was under the Pentagon's surveillance for quite some time before the conditions were ripe to eliminate him.

Though the United States forces have been combating ISIS in Syria since 2017, it appears that they were waiting for the right time to kill the IS leader that eventually came with the Turkish invasion in northern Syria. "Know that no one can fool us by saying: "We have made the terrorists leave there", Erdogan said in a speech to his party in Ankara.

The compound of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is seen moments before an air strike in the Idlib region of Syria from video taken on October 26, 2019. "Similarly, we also captured his sister and brother-in-law in Syria".

Azaz is part of a region administered by Turkey following previous military incursions to chase away IS militants and Kurdish fighters, starting in 2016.

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Rasmiya Awad, 65, was detained in a raid close to Azaz, the official mentioned, referring to a Turkish-controlled Syrian city close to the border.

The new leader of the Islamic State group is "a nobody" with little apparent reputation but the United States hopes he will be killed soon, a U.S. official said Wednesday. Authorities had posted a picture of the sister.

But experts have said that it was not clear how much useful intelligence Awad could provide, or how much time she spent with Baghdadi.

Following Baghdadi's death last month, a person named Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi was named the new leader of the extremist group on October 31. It also poured cold water on Trump's claims that Russian forces had opened up the airspace under its control in Syria to American warplanes, so that they could reach al-Baghdadi's compound.

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Erdogan confirmed on Wednesday that the pair were taken into custody "on the Syrian side".

USA support for the YPG, which was a main ally in the fight against Islamic State, has infuriated Turkey. When caught, she was likewise accompanied by five kids.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office says Turkey's leader will travel to Washington next week for talks with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Al-Baghdadi, an Iraqi from Samarra, was killed in a United States assault within the shut by the territory of Idlib a month in the past.

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