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What’s it like being married to the world’s most-wanted terrorist?

Ex-wife of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has spoken of their marriage
Saja al-Dulaimi called world’s most wanted terrorist a ‘normal family man’
But she told of pair’s ‘shallow’ and unhappy marriage before she left him
Al-Dulaimi said her ex ‘loved their children’ but spoke only to give orders

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Insight: Saja al-Dulaimi, the ex-wife of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (pictured), has described the world’s most wanted terrorist as a ‘normal family man’ who ‘loved their children’ but spoke only to give orders

 

The ex-wife of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has described the world’s most wanted terrorist as a ‘normal family man’ who ‘loved their children’ but spoke only to give orders.
Saja al-Dulaimi told how she met and married who she thought was a university lecturer, only to discover seven years later he was ‘the most dangerous man in the world.’
Lifting the lid on what she described as their ‘shallow’ and unhappy marriage, al-Dulaimi told how al-Baghdadi had a ‘mysterious personality’ and she dared not have discussions with him.

 

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Tough to live with: Lifting the lid on what she described as their ‘shallow’ and unhappy marriage, al-Dulaimi (pictured) told how al-Baghdadi had a ‘mysterious personality’ and she dared not have discussions with him
‘I didn’t love him,’ she told Swedish newspaper Expressen. ‘He was an enigmatic person. You couldn’t have a discussion or hold a normal conversation with him … He just asked about things and told me to fetch things. He gave orders, nothing more.’
Al-Dulaimi told how al-Baghdadi would disappear for days at a time but she had no suspicions of his involvement in the Syrian resistance while they were together.
‘He was a normal family man,’ she added. ‘How he could become emir of the most dangerous terrorist organization in the world is a mystery.’
She said that after her first husband died in an Iraqi resistance group her uncle approached her father about a potential new husband looking for a widow.
Al-Dulaimi then moved her and her young twin boys in with al-Baghdadi and his first wife and her children, an arrangement she described as ‘tough’ in such a small space.
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Al-Dulaimi said she only knew of what al-Baghdadi had become when she was arrested in Lebanon in 2014 for trying to cross the border illegally. She and her new husband had used forged identity cards
Her children looked at the ISIS leader as their ‘idol’, she said, but al-Dulaimi told how she fled from him after just a few months while pregnant with a daughter, Hagar.
She claims the last time she spoke to her ex-husband was in 2009 when he asked her to come back and she refused.
Al-Dulaimi said she only knew of what al-Baghdadi had become when she was arrested in Lebanon in December 2014 for trying to cross the border illegally. She and her new husband had used forged identity cards.
‘He was an enigmatic person. You couldn’t have a discussion or hold a normal conversation with himSaja al-Dulaimi on the leader of ISIS 
It was then she was shown pictures of al-Baghdadi and asked if she recognised him.
Al-Dulaimi was released by Lebanon a year later in a prisoner swap with Al-Qaeda’s Syrian wing.
living_with_isis7Saja with three of her four children: the twin boys Omar and Usama – and the daughter Hagar
Fully veiled and clutching her six-month-old baby, she was shown in live TV footage with her three children, who were with her in prison, as she was released as part of a deal brokered by neighbouring Qatar.
In return for her and 12 Islamists, Lebanon got 16 captured soldiers back from Al-Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front, as well as one of the bodies of the two prisoners they had killed.
She revealed at the time how she planned to go to Turkey. Al-Dulaimi was interviewed in a secret location near the Lebanon-Syria border four months after her release from prison, Expressen said.
She said she now wants to move West and claims she shouldn’t be blamed for the crimes perpetrated by her ex-husband. ‘I could have lived like a princess. I don’t want money. I want to live in freedom,’ Al-Dulaimi said.

 

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