Erdogan: Al-Baghdadi’s inner circle trying to enter Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s president says members of slain Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s “inner circle” are trying to enter Turkey from Syria.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan also says the number of people with family ties to al-Baghdadi who’ve been caught by Turkey “is close to reaching double digits.”
Erdogan’s comments Thursday were his second effort in as many days to publicize Turkey’s push to catch IS members who were close to al-Baghdadi.
Turkey is facing criticism that its military offensive to drive Syrian Kurdish fighters from northeast Syria would allow for an IS resurgence.
Erdogan and Turkish officials revealed Wednesday that Turkish police detained one of al-Baghdadi’s wives and a daughter last year.
This week, Turkish authorities said they captured al-Baghdadi’s elder sister, her husband, daughter-in-law and five children in Syria.