She was married to the most dangerous terrorist in the world — but claims she never realized her husband was the leader of ISIS.
The ex-wife of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called the terrorist kingpin a bit brusque, but an otherwise “normal family man” — who would oddly disappear for days on end.
In an interview with the Swedish newspaper Expressen, Saja al-Dulaimi said she believed her husband was a university lecturer who named Hisham Mohammad.
“He was a normal family man,” she said. “How he could become emir of the most dangerous terrorist organization in the world is a mystery.”
The woman said her first husband died fighting for an Iraqi resistance group, leaving her alone to raise young twin boys.
That’s when her uncle found a potential new mate and father to her kids.
She said yes to marriage — and moved in with al-Baghdadi and his existing wife and kids in Syria.
Their 2009 union lasted only a few months. The marriage wasn’t a happy one, with al-Baghdadi rarely speaking beyond commands, she said.
“I didn’t love him,” al-Dulaimi said. “He was an enigmatic person. You couldn’t have a discussion or hold a normal conversation with him.”
She added: “He just asked about things and told me to fetch things. He gave orders, nothing more.”
Looking back, al-Dulaimi said the oddest thing she saw in al-Baghdadi was his penchant for suddenly disappearing.
She left him in 2009 and was arrested in 2014 when she tried sneaking into Lebanon with forged papers.
“They showed me pictures of my ex-husband and asked me if I recognized him,” she said.
“It turns out I was married to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. It was a shock to find out — seven years later — that I’d been married to the most dangerous man in the world.”