If Russian intelligence reports are to be believed, ISIS or Daesh chief and the most feares terrorist in the world, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed in relentless bombardment of his capital of Raqqa in Syria. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been leading the biggest terrorist network in the Middle East in the form of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria known in Arabic as Daesh for the last several years.
At one time, the terrorist network had taken control of around half of Iraq and large swath of land in Syria. Thankfully, in the last two years, the Iraq government along with multiple militias drove the terrorist organization out of most of its urban centers. Now Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq and the alleged capital of the caliphate in Iraq has almost been liberated.
Raqqa, is also on the verge of being liberated. Kurd and Arab fighters have surrounded the former capital of the terrorist network that claims to be fighting a holy Jihad against crusaders.
Meanwhile an NDTV report claims that Russia’s Defence Ministry said today it was checking information that a Russian air strike near the Syrian city of Raqqa may have killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in late May.
In a statement released to the media, Russian Minister was quoted as saying, “On May 28, after drones were used to confirm the information on the place and time of the meeting of ISIS leaders, between 00:35 and 00:45, Russian air forces launched a strike on the command point where the leaders were located…According to the information which is now being checked via various channels, also present at the meeting was ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was eliminated as a result of the strike”.
45-year old Al-Baghdadi’s death will be celebrated in much of the world including most of the Islamic world as most people are opposed to such extremist tendencies and thoughts. Born on 28 july 1971,, his original name was Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim al-Badri. The man was carrying $25 million bounty over his head.
While it is not confirm, American intelligence reports claim that Al-Baghdadi has a doctorate for Islamic studies in Quranic studies, from Saddam University in Baghdad. He reportedly obtained a BA, MA, and PhD in Islamic studies from the Islamic University of Baghdad.
Patrick Skinner of the Soufan Group, a security firm says that “They [the US and Iraqi Governments] know physically who this guy is, but his backstory is just myth…He’s managed this secret persona extremely well, and it’s enhanced his group’s prestige”. On the contrary, manypeople call the entire Daesh or ISIS as an American and CIA project and Al- Baghdadi as a stooge of the American secret services.
Reports claim that the self styled caliph was taken into custody by US Forces on 2 February 2004 near Fallujah and detained at the Abu Ghraib and Camp Bucca detention centers under his name Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim al-Badry. He is said to have come in contact with al-Qaeda operatives and other extremist groups while in detention. In 2013, while announcing the formation of ISIL, al-Baghdadi stated that the Syrian Civil War jihadist faction, Jabhat al-Nusra – also known as al-Nusra Front – had been an extension of the ISI in Syria and was now to be merged with ISIL.
Baghdadi is said to have three wives including Asma Fawzi Mohammed al-Dulaimi and Israa Rajab Mahal A-Qaisi. A Reuters report claims that he had three wives, two Iraqis and one Syrian. On the contrary the Iraqi Interior Ministry has said that al-Baghdadi has two wives, Asma Fawzi Mohammed al-Dulaimi and Israa Rajab Mahal A-Qaisi. A Guardian report claims that al-Baghdadi married in Iraq around the year 2000 after finishing his doctorate. The son of this marriage was 11 years old in 2014. He was also said to have a six year old daughter in 2014.