ISIS leader’s ex-wife detained in Lebanon, accused of financing fighters

A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at a mosque in a video recording posted on the Internet on July 5, 2014. (REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV)

The former wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was detained in Lebanon last month after officials discovered that she was secretly living among Syrian refugees and transferring cash to Sunni militants, according to The Washington Post. Saja al-Dulaimi was living under an assumed identity, as a Syrian citizen named Mallak Abdullah, among other refugees while she received and then distributed more than $200,000 dollars from wire-transfer agencies to fighters who came through the area, according to officials.

“She’s not your stereotypical woman,” Fawaz A. Gerges, a professor of Middle Eastern studies at the London School of Economics, told the Post. He described her profile as that of an “honorary jihadi man” in the eyes of such groups.

Dulaimi, who is in her 30s, has been married three times, and to Baghdadi for only about three months as part of a political alliance, according to the report. The pair have a daughter together, now about 5 years old. Officials described Dulaimi as both beautiful and strong-willed, and said she was combative during interrogation sessions. Lebanese officials were tipped off to her presence and activities by a Western intelligence agency, they said.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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