One of slain Islamic State of Iraq and Iran (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s wives revealed “a lot of information” about the jihadist group’s “inner workings” after she was captured last year, a Turkish official told Agence France-Presse.
AFP said the woman was arrested on June 2, 2018 in the Turkish province of Hatay, near the Syrian border, along with 10 others, including Baghdadi’s daughter, who identified herself as Leila Jabeer.
The official said the family links were confirmed using a DNA sample of Baghdadi provided by Iraqi authorities.
“We discovered (the wife’s) real identity pretty quickly. At that point, she volunteered a lot of information about Baghdadi and the inner workings of ISIS,” the official said.
“We were able to confirm a lot of things that we already knew. We also obtained new information that led to a series of arrests elsewhere.”
The detainees are being held at a deportation center in Turkey, a senior Turkish official told CBS News, adding, “There may or may not be other high-value targets in Turkish custody. I am not at liberty to discuss ongoing investigations and intelligence operations.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed for the first time on Wednesday that Al-Qubaysi had been detained.
He confirmed that Turkey had also captured Baghdadi’s sister and brother-in-law.
Erdogan took a swipe at the United States for making a big deal of Baghdadi’s killing, saying, “They started a very big communication operation.”
Erdogan told reporters Thursday that members of al-Baghdadi’s “inner circle” have been attempting to get into Turkey from Syria, and that the number of al-Baghdadi relatives who’ve been caught by Turkey “is close to reaching double digits,” the AP said.
It was the second straight day in which Erdogan sought to publicize Turkey’s efforts to capture ISIS members who were close to al-Baghdadi, the AP noted. Turkey has been criticized over its recent military incursion into Syria to drive out Syrian Kurdish fighters from northeast Syria due, among other things, to concerns it would enable an ISIS resurgence, the AP pointed out.
ht/ left coast dan
… particularly in light of the Mexico carnage of Mormons, this seems an interesting juxtaposition. The Mormons were cast out for being polygamist, and LA Times and other papers still paint them in a negative light for that reason, but Islam’s polygamy is still accepted.