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Machnouk says girl in custody is Baghdadi’s daughter

File - Lebanon's Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk. (Reuters)

BEIRUT: Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said Wednesday that DNA samples of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been matched with one of the three children who are currently being held by Lebanese authorities, suspected of being related to the jihadi chief.

Machnouk said DNA samples, which were sent over by Iraqi authorities earlier this week, matched samples taken from three children who were detained alongside Saja Hamid al-Dulaimi, Baghdadi’s ex-wife.

Machnouk revealed that Dulaimi had married Baghdadi for three months six years ago and they had a daughter together. The ISIS leader’s DNA matched with that of Dulaimi’s daughter, Machnouk said.

The DNA tests taken from Dulaimi also proved that she was the mother of the three children – one girl and two boys, a source in the investigation told The Daily Star.

Machnouk said the two boys and the girl were not incarcerated but were rather staying at a specialized care center. Dulaimi was detained as she has links with jihadi groups.

Dulaimi is currently married to a Palestinian, according to Machnouk.

However, Iraq’s Interior Ministry said that the woman detained by Lebanese authorities was not the wife of ISIS leader 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 has been detained by authorities and sentenced to death for his participation in ... explosions,” ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Saad Maan said.

“The wives of the terrorist Baghdadi are Asmaa Fawzi Mohammad al-Dulaimi and Esraa Rajab Mahel al-Qaisi, and there is no wife in the name of Saja al-Dulaimi,” he said.

According to The Daily Star’s source, the Iraqi statement was based on the fact that official records did not list Dulaimi as one of Baghdadi’s wives

Dulami was detained in north Lebanon after she was found to have a fake passport, officials said. Investigators are questioning her at the Lebanese Defense Ministry.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on December 04, 2014, on page 1.




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