Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi: All You Need To Know About The Slain ISIS Leader

New Delhi: Death of ISIS Chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who blew himself by triggering his suicide vest in a dead end tunnel of his hideout compound in northwest Syria, is being hailed as a milestone in the fight against terror.

Here are some things to know about the slain terrorist:

  • Recorded voice messages were shared with a little more frequency. This August, the IS had released what it said was a new audio message from al-Baghdadi where he admitted that the IS groups were losing and that it was a test from Allah, saying they needed to stick together.
  • Born in Samara, north of Baghdad in 1971, Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim al-Badri, Baghdadi’s given name, studied Islamic theology at Baghdad University and became a preacher for several years before joining the armed resistance against the United States invasion under the umbrella of the Iraqi branch of al-Qaida.
  • During that period, he was arrested and imprisoned for four years in the US-administered Bucca detention camp. He later rejoined the armed struggle.
  • In 2010, by which time he had already adopted his more famous pseudonym, he ascended to the head of the terror group then known as the Islamic State of Iraq.
  • Baghdadi was killed – not far from the Turkish border in Idlib province, the final key but of territory under the control of the armed opposition fighting President Bashar al-Assad.

(With inputs from IANS