The Turkish wife of a Jordanian suicide bomber who killed seven CIA agents in an attack at a military base in Afghanistan has expressed pride in his actions.
“I am proud of my husband,” Defne Bayrak told reporters in Istanbul, where she lives. “He carried out a great operation in this war.
“I hope Allah will accept his martyrdom, if he has become a martyr.
“I am not ashamed,” she insisted.
“He did this against the American occupation” of Afghanistan, she said.
Bayrak’s husband, Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, blew himself up at a base near the Pakistani border on December 30 in the deadliest attack against the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) since 1983.
Balawi an ‘enemy of America’
Turkish police officials said they will be asking Bayrak to face questioning from Istanbul’s anti-terrorist unit, They did not elaborate.
Bayrak, who spoke to journalists wearing a black chador, said she did not believe her husband, a reputed double agent, had worked for the CIA because “he was an enemy of America”.
“It is not likely my husband was a spy because he was an enemy of America… My husband could have only exploited America and Jordan,” she said.
The couple married in 2001 in Istanbul, where Balawi had been studying medicine since 1995, and moved to Jordan the following year after Balawi graduated.
Neither had a criminal record in Turkey, Turkish news agency Anatolia said.
Bayrak, who has been in Istanbul with her two daughters since October, described her husband as a “believer” who was active on jihadist forums on the internet and “a man who would not even leave the house”.
She said Balawi went to Pakistan in March 2008 to pursue medical studies and told his family he was planning to rejoin them in Turkey.
Bayrak, who holds a degree in journalism, has written and translated books and penned articles for Islamist publications.