Sister of slain Islamic State leader al-Baghdadi ‘captured’ in Syria raid

Turkey captured the elder sister of the slain leader of the Islamic State group in northwestern Syria on Monday, according to a senior Turkish official, who called the arrest an intelligence “gold mine.”

Rasmiya Awad, 65, was detained in a raid near Azaz, the official said, referring to a Turkish-controlled Syrian town near the border.

When captured, she was also accompanied by five children.

“We hope to gather a trove of intelligence from Baghdadi’s sister on the inner workings of ISIS,” the official told AP.

Little independent information is available on Baghdadi’s sister.

Her capture is yet to be immediately verified. 

Awad was reportedly cornered in the swoop on a trailer container she was living in with her family in Aleppo province.

The official said the sister was with her husband, daughter-in-law and five children.

The adults are being interrogated, he said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with government protocol.

“This kind of thing is an intelligence gold mine. What she knows about (IS) can significantly expand our understanding of the group and help us catch more bad guys.”