Al-Qaeda Executes Lebanese Soldier Over Capture of ‘Caliph’s Wife’

ISIS Threatens to Kidnap Lebanese Civilians

Al-Qaeda’s Syrian faction, Jabhat al-Nusra has announced it executed one of the numerous kidnapped Lebanese soldiers it held in retaliation for the Lebanese government capturing Saja Dulaimi, the putative wife of ISIS Caliph Abu Bakr Baghdadi.

Lebanon insists Dulaimi was Baghdadi’s wife for a few months six years ago, though they’ve also speculated she might be married to some other member of ISIS or Nusra.

Nusra was the first to take revenge for her capture, but ISIS is also warning they’re going to kidnap Lebanese civilians over the issue, and may withdraw from talks on releasing the soldiers they hold.

The Lebanese government was expressing hope they could use Dulaimi’s status, whatever it might be, to trade her and her children for the Lebanese soldiers. The Islamist factions, however, are insisting she is just one of many refugees, and are using her capture as justification for retaliation against Lebanon.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of