Turkey says al-Baghdadi's wife now in custody

Turkey says al-Baghdadi's wife now in custody
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced Wednesday that a wife of recently slain ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is now in custody of the country, The Associated Press reported.

The Turkish leader announced the unidentified woman's capture during a speech in Ankara but did not mention when or how she came into Turkish custody. 

“We caught his wife, but we didn’t make a fuss about it. I am announcing this today for the first time,” the AP reported Erdoğan said.

Al-Baghdadi reportedly had four wives, the highest number allowed under Islamic law.

During his Wednesday speech, Erdoğan also criticized the U.S. for its “communications campaign” on al-Baghdadi’s death.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled MORE announced the ISIS leader’s death last month in a press conference after U.S. forces raided al-Baghdadi's location, prompting him to blow himself and two of his children up.

Turkey declared Monday it had captured al-Baghdadi’s sister Rasmiya Awad in northwestern Syria after military action against ISIS militants and Kurdish fighters. A Turkish official called Awad’s capture a “gold mine” for ISIS intelligence. 

Turkey has been trying to keep up a reputation of fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria after several world leaders criticized the country for launching an offensive into Syria against Kurdish forces, leaving a gap for ISIS detainees to escape.

Al-Baghdadi’s brother-in-law Mohammad Ali Sajit, who is in Iraqi custody, identified one of al-Baghdadi’s wives as Nour, an Iraqi daughter to one of his aides.