Who was Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi?

Who was Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi?

-President Donald Trump
announced on October 27th that Abu Bakr
al-Baghdadi had died during a US military operation
in Syria. -He died like a coward. The world is now
a much safer place. God bless America.
Thank you. -but who was Baghdadi? Baghdadi was born in the Iraqi
city of Samarra in 1971. As a teenager,
he became fascinated with Islamic history and law. Baghdadi received a master’s
degree in Koranic recitation. He was working on a doctorate when US troops
invaded Iraq in 2003. -My fellow citizens,
at this hour, American and coalition forces are in the early stages
of military operations to disarm Iraq,
to free its people, and to defend the world
from grave danger. -Baghdadi joined a local
resistance movement, saying later it was
out of religious duty. Baghdadi was arrested in 2004
and imprisoned at a center known as a hub for recruitment
and training of jihadists. Baghdadi formed a number of
important alliances in the camp, including friendships
with members of the terrorist
group al-Qaeda in Iraq. After being released,
he became a disciple of al-Qaeda and Iraq’s leader,
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Baghdadi gradually rose through
the ranks of the organization. When Iraqi and US troops
killed the group’s two top commanders in 2010,
Baghdadi was thrust into the number-one spot
of a movement then calling itself
the Islamic State of Iraq. When Baghdadi took over, few had heard of the
organization or its new leader. Despite being described
as an austere religious scholar with no known
aptitude for killing, Baghdadi helped
transform ISIS into one of the most notorious
groups of modern times. Under his guidance, ISIS seized control of entire
cities in Iraq and Syria. It became known
for its brutality. By June of 2014, ISIS
dominated a third of Iraq. Baghdadi declared a new
Islamic caliphate with himself as leader. Under his rule, mass executions
and beheadings of Western captives evoked fear in Europe
and the United States. Terrorist attacks in Paris
and Brussels intensified
international commitment to driving the Islamic State
out of its stronghold. In July of 2017, US-backed Iraqi
forces retook the group’s capital
of Mosul in Iraq. ISIS’ Syrian capital, Raqqa,
was liberated that same year. The caliphate’s final outposts
fell months later. Throughout nearly a decade
at the helm of ISIS, Baghdadi remained
a reclusive figure, even to his supporters. He’s believed to have married
at least twice, and had at least
six children.


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