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In this photo, reviewed by the Defense Department, leg shackles are seen on the floor at Camp 6 detention center, at the U.S. Naval Base, in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, January 21, 2009. REUTERS/Brennan Linsley/Pool

Missy Ryan, Washington Post: U.S. interrogation team sent to Iraq to question first Islamic State detainee

An American interrogation team is questioning the United States’ first Islamic State detainee in hopes that the Iraqi woman, the widow of a senior Islamic State militant, will provide clues about the group’s handling of foreign hostages, U.S. officials said Monday.

A team known as the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group, which includes officials from the FBI, CIA and Pentagon, was sent to Iraq to question the detainee, who has been identified only as Umm Sayyaf, or “mother of Sayyaf.” Her husband, known as Abu Sayyaf, was killed this weekend after a team of Delta Force soldiers descended on a militant compound in eastern Syria.

A defense official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing interrogation, said the woman would be asked for information about where and how the group had gained custody of foreign hostages and held them.

WNU Editor: I will be surprised if they are able to get information out of this detainee.

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