The sister of former Islamic State group (IS) chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been captured in northern Syria, Turkish officers say.
The 65-year-old, named as Rasmiya Awad, was detained in a raid on Monday close to the city of Azaz, officers mentioned.
Turkish officers, cited by a number of media shops, mentioned the arrest may yield worthwhile intelligence about IS.
Baghdadi killed himself throughout a raid by US particular forces on his compound in north-west Syria final month.
His loss of life was hailed as a victory for US President Donald Trump, however critics argue that IS stays a safety risk in Syria and elsewhere.
One Turkish official instructed Reuters information company the arrest of Baghdadi’s older sister might assist make clear “the inside workings of ISIS”.
Little is thought about Baghdadi’s sister and the BBC has not but been in a position to independently confirm the id of the arrested girl.
Baghdadi had 5 brothers and several other sisters, though it’s not clear if they’re all nonetheless alive, the New York Instances reviews.
The arrest was reportedly made in Aleppo province, which is managed by Turkey after it launched an offensive within the space final month.
Ms Awad was present in a trailer, the place she was dwelling together with her husband, daughter-in-law and 5 youngsters, a Turkish official instructed AP information company, including that she was being interrogated on suspicion of involvement with an extremist group.
The official mentioned that Ms Awad may very well be an intelligence “gold mine”.
Specialists say it’s not clear how a lot helpful intelligence Ms Awad may present, or how a lot time she spent with Baghdadi.
“I do not suppose she’d be aware about any imminent assault plans, however she may know smuggling routes. She may know networks that Baghdadi trusted, those who he trusted, networks in Iraq that helped her facilitate her personal journey and her household’s journey,” Mike Pregent, a counter terrorism skilled on the Hudson Institute, instructed BBC World Information.
“This could be capable of give our US intelligence and different allied intelligence officers a view into [IS] networks and the way they moved relations, how they travelled and who they trusted.”
What occurred to Baghdadi?
President Trump introduced the loss of life of Baghdadi at a press convention on the White Home on 27 October.
Baghdadi detonated his suicide vest after fleeing right into a tunnel throughout a US raid on his hideout in Idlib province, Mr Trump mentioned.
Footage of the raid was later launched by the US army. In grainy footage, helicopters have been seen firing at gunmen on the bottom as they flew in the direction of a compound the place Baghdadi was hiding.
On touchdown, US particular forces commandos blew holes within the partitions of the compound and referred to as on Baghdadi to give up, the army mentioned. However he fled right into a tunnel and detonated a suicide vest, killing himself and two youngsters he had taken with him.
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Media captionThe grainy footage reveals troops closing in on the compound – and later an explosion destroying it
Mr Trump mentioned DNA checks have been carried out to confirm Baghdadi’s id, confirming his loss of life.
After the raid, the compound was destroyed in an air strike.
Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurashi has since been named as IS’s new chief and “caliph”.