Turkey captures Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s sister from northern Syria

Turkey has captured the sister of former Islamic State group (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in northern Syria.

The 65-year-old, named as Rasmiya Awad, was detained in a raid on Monday near the town of Azaz. The arrest is expected to yield valuable intelligence and “the inner workings” of IS.

The ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, killed himself during a raid by US special forces on his compound in north-west Syria last month.

The arrest was reportedly made in an area of Aleppo province now under Turkey’s control. She was found in a trailer, where she was living with her husband, daughter-in-law and five children.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s communications director, Fahrettin Altun, hailed the arrest as “another example of the success of our counter-terrorism operations”.

Baghdadi had several brothers and sisters, but very little is known about them.

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