Has the ISIS equivalent of Osama Bin Laden also been taken out?
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi officially founded the “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” in April of 2013, which was previously the Al-Qaeda affiliated “Islamic State of Iraq.” Current al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has denounced ISIS as being “too extreme” for their liking, a statement that would be hilarious if it wasn’t so frightening.
A large part of the disputes ISIS had with Al-Qaeda were ideological. Al-Baghdadi appointed himself as the Caliph of the Islamic State – declaring himself the spiritual successor to the Prophet Mohammad in the process. Naturally, believing himself to be divine, al-Baghdadi rejected the authority of al-Qaeda, contributing to the schism. Al-Qaeda declared war on ISIS in 2015, and in that battle I’ve found myself rooting for both sides.
But back to Baghdadi. Recently, a number of members of his inner circle have been confirmed to have been killed – and Baghdadi’s death may have been the most recent among ISIS leadership.
The IS stronghold of Raqqa was bombed heavily overnight on Saturday, local time, with the terrorist group’s Amaq news agency revealing the damage.
Raqqa became a key city in IS’s self-declared caliphate, a hub for the organisation’s activities and attacks in Syria, Iraq and further afield.
IS took over all levels of civil administration, rewriting school curriculums, establishing Islamic courts and creating police units to implement Islamic law.
In April a documentary claimed the world’s most wanted man, who has a bounty of A$34 million on his head, avoided capture by Iraqi special forces “by minutes” after escaping through a trapdoor.
H/T News Australia
It was reported just days prior to the report quoted above that Al-Baghdadi’s hideout in Baaj was surrendered.
His death has yet to be confirmed – and his potential death has been reported on numerous times over the years.
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