• Lebanon Arrests ISIS Leader Baghdadi’s Wife and Child

    December 3, 2014

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    Lebanese security forces have detained a wife and nine-year-old child of Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The pair were picked up after entering Lebanon with forged passports ten days ago, and are being interrogated at the defence ministry. Baghdadi is the leader of the “caliphate” created by ISIS in the parts of Syria and Iraq it controls.

    Describing them as “a valuable catch”, the Lebanese newspaper al-Safir said that the IS leader’s wife and child had been detained in coordination with foreign intelligence services. Indeed, CNN cites a “source” with knowledge of the arrest, describing the wife as a “powerful figure who is heavily involved in ISIS.”


    So let’s drill down a bit into this story.

    Given that ISIS is a strict, conservative, fundamentalist Islamic organization that follows Sharia law and uses captive women for rape and as slaves, the statement that one of Baghdadi’s three wives is indeed a “powerful figure who is heavily involved in ISIS,” seems suspect at best. She would be in fact the only woman ever connected with ISIS with any known power at all. Her role as an ISIS leader has certainly not been discussed before. It is not common anywhere in the conservative Muslim world for powerful men to share responsibilities with their spouses; among the reasons, other men would be unlikely to take orders from a woman, regardless of who she was married to. In addition, having one’s wife play such as role would certainly weaken the status of the husband.

    Given that, and given that a child was also arrested, one cannot avoid the term hostage. By coincidence, Lebanon is deeply engaged in negotiations to free more than 20 Lebanese Army soldiers held hostage since August by ISIS and the al-Nusra Front.

    In a better world, one would expect to hear the United States condemning the arrest of a woman and a child simply because she is married to a bad guy. Even more so when there is the appearance that her arrest has some connection to ongoing hostage negotiations, and that it involved a young child.


    I will update this story when the U.S. issues its condemnation of the hostage taking…

    A Different Update: An Iraqi official denied that a woman detained in Lebanon is a wife of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, claiming she is the sister of a terror suspect being held in Iraq. Same church, different pew.



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    • Rich Bauer said...

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      File this under Lebanon baloney.

      12/3/14 2:00 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      12/3/14 2:11 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      File under White House baloney:

      WH officials denied that Bell’s hand in raising millions of dollars for the President’s re-election campaign had anything to do with her appointment.

      12/3/14 2:14 PM | Comment Link

    • teri said...

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      The Iraqis say she is not al Baghdadi’s wife.

      “A woman detained by Lebanese authorities is not the wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Iraq’s Interior Ministry said on Wednesday. “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,” Reuters quoted ministry spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan as saying. Saja Dulaimi had fled to Syria where she was detained by authorities, according to the official.”

      http://rt.com/news/line/2014-12-03/#76031

      12/3/14 3:23 PM | Comment Link

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