Turkey captures sister of dead IS leader in Syria

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The sister of dead IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been captured in northern Syria.

That's according to Turkish officials, who said 65-year-old Rasmiya Awad was detained during a raid on Monday.

"We hope to gather a trove of intelligence from Baghdadi’s sister on the inner workings of ISIS," the official said.

Her husband and daughter-in-law, who were also detained, are being interrogated.

When captured, she was also accompanied by five children.

"The arrest of al-Baghdadi's sister is yet another example of the success of our counter-terrorism operations," Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's communications director Fahrettin Altun wrote on Twitter early Tuesday.

Baghdadi killed himself last month during a raid by US special forces on his compound in north-west Syria.

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