They were caught on Syrian territory, the Turkish leader said.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Turkish forces detained the wife, sister, and son-in-law of the liquidated leader of the terrorist group “Islamic state” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. NTV broadcast the President’s speech.
“We caught his wife, his sister, and his son-in-law. I say this today for the first time. We caught them on Syrian territory,” Erdogan said. He noted that “America began a serious media campaign in its favor after al-Baghdadi blew himself up in the tunnel,” and Turkey “does not cry out about the capture of his wife.”
The Turkish leader stressed that his country “will continue to resolutely counter-terrorism and the current counter-terrorism measures of the Republic are more effective than ever.”
Erdogan on November 5 announced the detention of al-Baghdadi’s sister. She is in a Turkish migration center awaiting a court decision.
On October 27, US President Donald Trump announced the elimination of the leader of the ISIS. According to him, al-Baghdadi was killed in a special operation in the Syrian province of Idlib. Trump thanked Russia, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey for their assistance in the operation. The Russian Defense Ministry said it did not have reliable information about the destruction of al-Baghdadi. The international community called the elimination of the leader of the ISIS an important but not decisive step in the fight against terrorism, calling for this fight to continue.