An ex-wife of Islamic State terror leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has revealed what it was really like living with the world’s most wanted man.
Saja al-Dulaimi, who has a daughter with him, has revealed she wants to live in Europe “in freedom”.
In an interview with Swedish daily Expressenand filmed in Lebanon, she revealed how she no longer wants to live in an Arab country, with her daughter and three other sons.
Dulaimi was freed several months ago from a Lebanese prison, where she had been held since 2014 with her children on suspicion of links to extremist organisations.
“I’m branded a terrorist but I’m far from all that,” she said.
“I want to live in freedom,” the 28-year-old said, while praising Islamic Sharia law which she said provided “freedom and rights for women”.
Her seven-year-old daughter, Hagar, said she wanted to go to Europe to “study”.
A DNA test conducted by Lebanese authorities confirmed she was indeed Baghdadi’s child.
Born into a well-heeled Iraqi family, Dulaimi said she had been married to an Iraqi member of Saddam Hussein’s personal guard, with whom she had twin sons Omar and Usama.
But she was left a widow and married again in 2008, on the advice of her father, to Bagdhadi. Dulaimi described Baghdadi, who also had children from an earlier marriage, as “a normal family man” and university professor adored by his offspring.
Baghdadi was at the time fighting in the ranks of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, from which the Islamic State group was born. In 2010, he took over the reins of IS.
Washington has put a $10 million bounty on his head.