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Baghdadi’s ex-wife gives birth in Lebanese hospital: report

This Saturday, July 5, 2014, image made from video posted on a militant website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, purports to show the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq. (AP Photo)

BEIRUT: The ex-wife of ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who is formally under the custody of Lebanese authorities, allegedly gave birth at one of Lebanon's military hospitals, pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat reported Tuesday.

The daily cited judicial sources as saying that Iraqi national Saja Hamid al-Dulaimi, who was three weeks pregnant from her Palestinian husband Kamal Khalaf when arrested in November last year, gave birth at a military hospital in Lebanon. The report did not mention when the woman gave birth.

The infant is reportedly still with Dulaimi at a General Security detention center.

Dulaimi, one of Baghdadi’s wives, was married to him for a short period six years ago.

She was detained with her daughter in north Lebanon after she was found carrying a fake passport.

Al-Hayat said Khalaf remains at large, despite previous reports saying that he was detained along with his wife.

The last audio message purportedly from Baghdadi came in November, days after Iraqi officials said he was wounded in an airstrike on an Iraqi town near the Syrian border.

Baghdadi has only appeared in public once, in a video showing him delivering a Friday sermon in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul last July, shortly after it was captured by his group.

 

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