Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant from 2013 to 2019
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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, born Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarrai, was the Iraqi-born leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The group has been designated as a terrorist organisation by the United Nations, as well as by the European Union and many individual states, while Baghdadi was considered a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the United States until his death in October 2019. In June 2014, he was chosen caliph of ISIL by the Shura Council, who were representing those members of the Islamic State qualified to elect a caliph.
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Trump welcomes dog who helped catch Islamic State leader to White HouseU.S. President Donald Trump welcomed an unusual guest to the White House on Monday - Conan, the military service dog who helped hunt down Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
UK Labour's Corbyn: IS leader Baghdadi better captured aliveIt would have been the right thing to do to capture Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi alive if it had been possible, the leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, said on..
Trump says U.S. has eye on Baghdadi's third in commandPresident Donald Trump said on Tuesday the United States knows the location of the third in command to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed last month in a U.S.-led raid.
Erdogan says Turkey has captured Baghdadi's wife in SyriaTurkey has captured a wife of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, more than a week after the former Islamic State leader killed himself during a raid by U.S. special..
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: Turkey 'detains dead IS leader's wife'President Erdogan says troops now hold one of Baghdadi's wives, a brother-in-law and a sister.
Turkey captures sister of dead IS leader in Syria: Turkish officialsTurkey captured the sister of dead Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Monday in the northern Syrian town of Azaz, a senior Turkish official told Reuters, and is interrogating her husband and..
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: IS leader's sister 'captured by Turkey'A Turkish official says that Baghdadi's older sister could potentially be an "intelligence gold mine".
UK terror threat level downgraded to lowest level since 2014 but attacks still 'likely'Change comes amid warnings of possible revenge strikes over death of Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Somalia's Islamic State affiliate vows support for group's new leaderSomalia's Islamic State affiliate, one of the most important outposts of the militant group, swore allegiance in a statement on Sunday to the new leader named by the organization following the death of..
Egypt's Sinai Province swears allegiance to new Islamic State leaderEgypt's Islamic State affiliate, Sinai Province, has sworn allegiance to the new leader named by the group following the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the affiliate said on Telegram on Saturday.
U.S. looking at new ISIS leader and role in organization: U.S. officialThe United States is researching the new leader of the Islamic State to determine his previous roles in the organization, Nathan Sales, the U.S. counter-terrorism coordinator, said on Friday after a..
Islamic State vows revenge against U.S. for Baghdadi killingIslamic State confirmed on Thursday that its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a weekend raid by U.S. forces in northwestern Syria and vowed revenge against the United States.
Islamic State confirms Baghdadi dead, vows revengeThe Islamic State militant group confirmed on Thursday that its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a weekend raid by U.S. forces in northwestern Syria and it vowed revenge against the United..
Islamic State group names new leaderIslamic State group names new leader after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a US raid
Islamic State confirms its leader Baghdadi is dead: group's news agency AmaqThe Islamic State militant group confirmed on Thursday its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed, the group's news agency Amaq said in an audio tape following a U.S. weekend raid.
U.S. releases Baghdadi raid video, warns of likely retribution attackThe Pentagon on Wednesday released its first images from last weekend's commando raid in Syria that led to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and warned the militant group may..
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: US releases first images of raid on compoundGrainy footage shows troops closing in on the compound where the fugitive IS leader was holed up.
After Baghdadi death, Nobel laureate Nadia Murad asks: What about the rest?The fight for justice for victims of Islamic State militants does not end with the death of leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Nobel laureate Nadia Murad said on Wednesday, asking: "How about those that..
Death of Islamic State leader 'big' but more work lies ahead: KushnerThe death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was a big step in the fight against Islamic State but the United States still has more work to do, White House adviser Jared Kushner said on Tuesday.
For Yazidis, Baghdadi's death 'doesn't feel like justice yet'Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's death will mean nothing to 19-year-old rape victim Jamila unless the Islamic State militants who enslaved her are brought to justice.
Islamic State silent on Baghdadi death as it searches for successorIslamic State supporters have responded with silence and disbelief days after the death of their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, suggesting a breakdown in the command structure of the Sunni militant group..
Trump says likely Baghdadi successor killed by U.S. troopsPresident Donald Trump said on Tuesday the U.S. military had killed the person who likely would have succeeded Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as the leader of Islamic State.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: IS leader's underwear 'stolen' for DNA testThe Syrian Democratic Forces say they stole the clothing which was used to prove Baghdadi's identity.
Baghdadi death: What now for IS?Can the ultra-violent IS group survive the death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi?
Body language expert analyses Trump's Situation Room photoMary Civiello comments on the photo the White House shared after the killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
U.S wants to bolster fight against Islamic State after its leader's deathThe United States wants to bolster a coalition fighting Islamic State in northeastern Syria, a senior State Department official said on Monday, after the leader of the jihadi movement, Abu Bakr..
Baghdadi given burial at sea, afforded religious rites: U.S. officialsThe United States has given the remains of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi a burial at sea and afforded him religious rites according to Islamic custom after he was killed in a U.S. commando..
Syrian Democratic Forces say Baghdadi's underwear was DNA tested before raidIslamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's underpants were obtained by an undercover source and DNA tested to prove his identity before an operation by U.S. forces to kill him, an advisor to the..