al-Bagdadi's wife talks about IS secrets

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The wife of the killed IS chief al-Bagdadi arrested in Turkey turns out to be an important source of information in the fight against the terrorist militia. The new findings led to further arrests.

The arrest of the wife of the killed IS leader Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi has brought, according to Turkey, many new findings about the jihadist militia Islamic State (IS). After her arrest, the woman revealed much information about al-Bagdadi and the inner workings of the IS, a Turkish government official said Thursday. This information would have "led to a series of arrests elsewhere".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Wednesday that Turkey had arrested al-Baghdadi's wife. He also confirmed earlier information that al-Baghdadi's sister and brother-in-law had also been arrested. The US has launched a "massive communication campaign" following the killing of al-Baghdadi, but Turkey "does not brag" with the arrest of his wife, Erdogan said.

Wife wanted to disguise identity

According to the government representative, the arrest took place on 2 June 2018 in the southern Turkish province of Hatay. At that time, a total of ten suspects had been caught, including al-Bagdadi's daughter Leila Dschabir. Al-Bagdadi's wife initially gave her name as Rania Mahmud, but the Turkish authorities had "quickly discovered their true identity". So her real name is Asma Fawsi Muhammad al-Kubaisi.

Al-Bagdadi had recently hid with several family members in a village in the Syrian province of Idlib a few kilometers from the Turkish border. On October 27, he was killed there with a deployment of US Special Forces with several of his children. Why the IS leader hid on the Turkish border in an area under the control of a rival jihadist group is still unclear.

(t) Foreign (t) Foreign (t) Terrorism (t) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (t) Recep Tayyip Erdogan (t) Islamic State (t) Turkey

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