Exactly Who Did Lebanese Army Intelligence Detain Today?
Preliminary reports from several news agencies, including local daily As-Safir, Reuters, and Press TV, have cited inaccurate intelligence information, provided by Lebanese security forces. The initial Lebanese security sources reported that the Lebanese Army Intelligence detained one of the wives and the daughter of ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The reports included information on the arrest that was made ten days ago, as the two detainees crossed into Lebanon from Syria. The security sources also confirmed that the operation was made successful with the cooperation of Western intelligence agencies.
A solid confirmation of who was really detained was not reported, until new sources told Al Arabiya News Channel that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s second wife, allegedly a Syrian woman named Saja Hamid al-Dulaimi, and one of al-Baghdadi’s sons, are being held. Another source told Agence France-Presse:
Military intelligence detained one of his wives, who was travelling [sic] with their son, near (Lebanese border town) Arsal 10 days ago.
Earlier this year, photos of one of Baghdadi’s wives surfaced online, offering a glimpse into the private life of the self-proclaimed “caliph.”
When It Comes To The Young Detainee. . . Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, You ARE The Father!
It’s questionable, as to how reliable the reported paternity DNA test results are, reported by Lebanese security officials. A Lebanese security official said that they confirmed al-Baghdadi’s son’s identity using reported DNA tests, without ever reporting how they attained a DNA sample from the ISIL leader to confirm the paternity test. Further, the same security source confirmed their current detention whereabouts, stating that they are being detained and questioned in northern Lebanon at the headquarters of the Lebanese defense ministry.
A Few Things Are Still Unclear.
First, ISIL does not lack in the PR department and relies heavily on propaganda created by their professional production crew to publicize on their websites. The fact that there still has not been an immediate reaction posted on the Islamic State website is still a bit uncharacteristic of them, and it leaves a lot of questions unanswered.
It is unclear how many wives the Islamic State leader has, so to confirm the identity of his second wife, must mean that intelligence sources, at the very least, know of a first wife. However, intelligence reports have only confirmed the identity of Saja Hamid al-Dulaimi, the woman identified in the photo, yet the sources that confirmed the detention of al-Baghdadi’s second wife, cannot provide confirmation it is the same woman.
The Bigger Question: Is al-Baghdadi Even Alive?
There are millions of Americans who believe the conspiracy that Osama Bin Laden died from personal health issues, years before Seal Team 6 got the job done. This could develop into a similar conspiracy soon, given the fact that U.S Central Command confirmed the Islamic State leader was allegedly “critically wounded” during a U.S-led airstrike on al-Qaim, a border town in western Iraq.
The pictures of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on the “Most Wanted Terrorists” list have circulated the web and mainstream media. It’s no secret that the ISIL leader was put on the list in 2011, with a $10 million bounty for his capture. But it has been a secret that he has been removed from the FBI’s watch list; in fact, his name turns up no results in a search on the FBI official website.
If al-Baghdadi Is Alive And Well, What Does This Mean?
Strategically, the capture of Baghdadi’s wife and son can, and should be used as leverage. Given the fact that 27 members of the Lebanese security forces were taken captive by the Islamic State, that allows Lebanese Army Intelligence to leverage their sizable bargaining chip, preferably for a prisoner exchange.
For the Lebanese, this is a prime time for an exchange, considering that militants affiliated with the Islamic State have already demanded the release of captured ISIL militants — which are being held by the Lebanese authorities — in exchange for the 27 Lebanese security forces members being held by the Islamic State. Instead of exchanging ISIL militants, they could ideally do some damage-control and exchange al-Baghdadi’s wife and son, instead.
Featured photo: Alarabiya.Net.