BEIRUT -- One of ISIS leaders, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's wives and children have been arrested in Lebanon, the country's defense ministry confirmed to NBC News. Military spokesman, Col. Anis Khoury, declined to offer further details and said the army is leading the investigation.
News of the arrest was initially reported by Reuters, which said the wife and a child were detained several days ago as they crossed from Syria.
It is unclear how many wives the barbaric group's reclusive leader has, but earlier this year, local media reported that former hairdresser, Saja Hamid al-Dulaimi, was one of them.
Her identity was first revealed by Abu Maan al-Suri, a member of Syrian jihadist group al-Nusra, who claimed she had been part of a prisoner exchange, involving a group of nuns who were kidnapped months earlier in the historic Syrian town of Maaloulah.
Born in Iraq's city of Samarra, Baghdadi has been portrayed in jihadist propaganda as an imam from a religious family descended from noble tribes, and a scholar and a poet with a Ph.D. from Baghdad's Islamic University, possibly in Arabic. He ended up at the U.S. detention facility Camp Bucca, in 2005, and after his release rose through the ranks of the Islamic State of Iraq -- the terror successor to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's al Qaeda in Iraq.
When the organization's leaders were killed in 2010, Baghdadi stepped into the void. Baghdadi -- which is not his birth name -- uses a host of aliases and is said to wear a bandanna around his face to conceal his identity from everyone except a very tight inner circle that is thought to be comprised only of Iraqis.
When fighting in Syria intensified in the summer of 2011, Baghdadi saw an opportunity and opened a branch there and changed the name of his group to ISIS. His forces have since seized territory in Syria and Iraq which is home to several million people.