Official says US knows little of Baghdadi successor

Rasmiya Awad believed to be the sister of slain Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who was captured on Monday in the northern Syrian town of Azaz by Turkish security officials

Turkey has captured a wife of slain ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Wednesday. I am announcing it here for the first time. "The United States said Baghdadi killed himself in a tunnel", Erdogan said, criticising the USA for a "communications campaign" over the jihadist's death.

The president didn't give other details, such as the woman's name.

Baghdadi, the Associated Press says, was known to have four wives.

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, says Turkey has captured the wife, sister and brother-in-law of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Erdogan's announcement came just days after Turkish forces captured al-Baghdadi's elder sister, identified as Rasmiya Awad, in the town of Azaz, in Aleppo province in northwestern Syria.

Awad was reportedly arrested in a trailer on Monday in a part of north-west Syria under Turkish control, along with her husband, daughter-in-law and five children.

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"We hope to gather a trove of intelligence from Baghdadi's sister on the inner workings of ISIS", the official told AP. "Our strong counter-terrorism cooperation with like-minded partners can never be questioned".

Al-Baghdadi blew himself up after American forces stormed his remote compound in northern Syria near Turkey in late October, American officials have said.

DNA testing confirmed the ISIS leader's identity.

Islamic State spokesman Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, considered a potential successor to Baghdadi, was himself killed in northwestern Syria in a separate attack by US forces, a senior State Department official confirmed to Fox News last week.

Up and until his death, al-Baghdadi had moved from place to place in eastern Syria amid a tightening US -led campaign against his group as IS-held territory fell bit by bit. It's noteworthy to mention, that during the past several years, there had been a number of reports about the death of al-Baghdadi; the reports, however, were refuted by the terrorist group at that time.

The group said a successor to Baghdadi, identified as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Quraishi, had been appointed.

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