Erdogan says 10 relatives of Al-Baghdadi captured, also son

'Inner circle trying to enter Turkey from Syria'

07 November, 15:28

    The deceased ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi The deceased ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

    ISTANBUL - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday said the number of family members of the deceased ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who have been captured in Turkey is "near double digits" and includes one of his sons.

    On Wednesday, Erdogan announced the capture of one of the wives of the self-proclaimed caliph, following the capture of his older sister, brother-in-law, their daughter-in-law and five children.

    Erdogan, who spoke prior to departing for an official visit to Hungary, said other members of al-Baghdadi's "inner circle" are trying to flee Syria and enter Turkey.

    Erdogan said the identity of al-Baghdadi's son was confirmed with DNA.

    "The wife has been in our hands for a year, a year and a half," he said, although her capture was announced only Wednesday.

    Turkish intelligence sources said al-Baghdadi's wife was arrested on June 2 last year in the Turkish border province of Hatay, and during questioning she has given "a lot of information" about the dynamics within the ISIS caliphate.

    The woman presented herself as Rania Mahmoud, but Turkish authorities identified her as Asma Fawzi Muhammad Al-Qubaysi, the first wife of the former ISIS leader.

    Turkish media sources said she was arrested together with a daughter, who identified herself as Leila Jabeer.

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