The wife of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has allegedly been arrested in Lebanon, along with a younger person suspected to be the terrorist leader’s son.
Col. Anis Khoury, spokesperson for the Lebanese Army, confirmed to NBC News that the wife of al-Baghdadi is currently under custody in Lebanon. The country’s top military forces have been able to arrest the ISIS’ leader’s wife and a child said to be al-Baghdadi’s son several days ago with the help of foreign intelligence services. The Lebanese Army is currently leading the investigations regarding the recent arrests.
The Associated Press says the ISIS leader’s wife and his alleged son were carrying fake identification cards when they were apprehended by local forces several days ago. A DNA test has been arranged to confirm if the child is indeed the son of the notorious terrorist leader.
The arrest has been described as a major step towards stifling the rising powers of ISIS in the Middle East. In recent months, the terrorist organization has managed to overtake major cities in Iraq and Syria, although Kurdish forces, with the help of Western aide, have been widely successful in pushing back the terrorist forces.
ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been described by some as the “new Bin Laden”. Formerly a mosque cleric, al-Baghdadi became a top officer of the militant group Jamaat Jaysh Ahl al-Sunnah wa-l-Jamaah, shortly after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. As a scholar, al-Baghdadi holds a PhD in Islamic Studies from the Islamic University of Baghdad.
Under the ISIS leader’s rule, the terrorist organization has killed hundreds of local residents in Iraq and executed dozens of foreign aide workers and journalists in the country. The latest, William Henderson, an oil worker from Texas, was allegedly executed by the ISIS-allied group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis.
Despite recent military advances against ISIS and its leader, the United Nations has warned that the terrorist group might actually be harboring nuclear weapons. This warning has reached President Obama, who in response promised to increase U.S. military presence in the troubled regions.
It is currently unclear if the ISIS leader will retaliate for the recent arrest of his wife or if negotiations will occur between the detaining forces and the terrorist group.
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