"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 USA officials. "We captured his wife and we didn't make a fuss, I'm declaring this for the first time".
Turkey announced on Monday night that it captured al-Baghdadi's older sister, Rasmiya Awad, during a raid on her trailer near Azaz, 50 miles northeast of Barisha. Catch all the Live TV action on NDTV 24×7 and NDTV India. Trump said two of Baghdadi's wives were killed during the operation.
Baghdadi killed himself final month when cornered in a tunnel throughout a raid by USA particular forces in northwestern Syria.
A Turkish official said Awad is suspected of being affiliated with the extremist group and called her capture an intelligence "gold mine". Similarly, we have captured his sister and brother-in-law.
"Turkey's struggle against terror, independent of its ideology and roots, is ongoing with all its strength".
"We hope to gather a trove of intelligence from Baghdadi's sister on the inner workings of ISIS", Reuters quoted the Turkish official as saying. Her husband and daughter in-law were also captured. "We will continue our work in this regard", Erdoğan said.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi led ISIS declaring himself "caliph" of all Muslims and controlled huge areas of Iraq and Syria from 2014-2017 until USA and Iraqi forces along with Syrian Kurds fought back.
"The arrest of al-Baghdadi's sister is yet another example of the success of our counter-terrorism operations", Fahrettin Altun, Turkey's communications director, added in a statement. When captured, she was additionally accompanied by 5 kids.
It announced Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi, as Baghdadi's successor and the new caliph of the Islamic State.
Al-Baghdadi and the bloody terrorist group that was led came to dominate some 50,000 square kilometers of Iraq and Syria in their time of largest peak, in 2014 and 2015.
Mr Trump said DNA tests were carried out to verify Baghdadi's identity, confirming his death.
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