Iraq says woman detained in Lebanon is not Baghdadi's wife
BAGHDAD - Reuters
File still image taken from video shows of a man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi making what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in Mosul. REUTERS PhotoIraq's Interior Ministry said on Dec. 3 that a woman detained by Lebanese authorities was not the wife of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but the sister of a man convicted of bombings in southern Iraq.
"The one detained by Lebanese authorities was Saja Abdul Hamid al-Dulaimi, sister of Omar Abdul Hamid al-Dulaimi who is detained by authorities and sentenced to death for his participation in ... explosions," ministry spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan told Reuters.
"The wives of the terrorist al-Baghdadi are Asmaa Fawzi Mohammed al-Dulaimi and Esraa Rajab Mahel al-Qaisi, and there is no wife in the name of Saja al-Dulaimi," he said.
Maan said Saja Dulaimi had fled to Syria where she was detainees by authorities. She was part of a group of female detainees freed in exchange for the release of a group of nuns captured by Islamist rebels in Syria, he said.
Security officials in Lebanon said on Dec. 2 the Lebanese army had detained a wife and daughter of Baghdadi's as they crossed from Syria late last month.
They were detained in northern Lebanon after the woman was found with a fake passport, officials said. Investigators were questioning her at the Lebanese Defense Ministry.