Turkish forces capture slain IS chief Baghdadi's sister in Syria

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"All we have are Trump's words": UN isn't confirming elimination of IS chief al-Baghdadi The US President's statement on the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi sounded confident, but the United Nations is still unable to confirm the death of the Islamic State leader for lack of proof, a high-ranking UN official has said.

The 65-year-old, named as Rasmiya Awad, was detained in a raid on Monday close to the city of Azaz, the officers mentioned. When captured, she was also accompanied by five children.

The Turkish officials called the capture of Awad, an intelligence "goldmine" and that the arrest could yield valuable intelligence about the inner working of the notorious organization, that his brother founded.

Awad was captured in a raid Monday evening on a trailer container she was living in with her family near the town of Azaz in Aleppo province.

"The three adults are being interrogated at this time", the official said.

Little is thought about Baghdadi's sister and the BBC has not but been in a position to independently confirm the identification of the arrested girl.

American troops pulled back from several areas as Ankara launched its Operation Peace Spring on 9 October, commencing an offensive against Daesh* terrorists and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

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"This kind of thing is an intelligence gold mine".

Though the USA forces have been combating ISIS in Syria since 2017, it appears that they were waiting for the right time to kill the IS leader that eventually came with the Turkish invasion in northern Syria.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi blew himself along with two of his children, in a US raid at a compound in Syria's town of Idlib. "What she knows about (IS) can significantly expand our understanding of the group and help us catch more bad guys".

Al Baghdadi's aide, a Saudi, was killed hours after the raid, also in northwestern Syria, in a USA strike.

ISIS announced its new leader, Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi, last week.

World leaders welcomed his death, but they and security experts warned that the group, which carried out atrocities against religious minorities and horrified most Muslims, remained a security threat in Syria and beyond.

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