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Monday, February 19, 2018

The living corpse: what will turn the death of the elusive ISIS leader al-Baghdadi

Representatives of the “Islamic state” (ISIL/ISIS is a terrorist group banned in Russia and other countries) have confirmed information on the death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. This was reported by TV channel Al Sumaria, citing a source in the Iraqi province of Nineveh.

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According to the source, the channel, the supporters of ISIS has released a brief statement in which he announced the death of al-Baghdadi, and that they will have a new “Caliph”.

However, last week in the British media appeared information with reference to the Al Sumaria News that ISIS leaders promised to make public an audio recording designed to prove that al-Baghdadi is still alive.

And in the beginning of July of mass media reported that ISIS executed one of their spiritual leaders talk about what Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed. According to Iraqi sources, Abu Qutayba was burned alive in tal afar, West of Mosul, once during prayers, he began to talk about the possible death of the “Caliph”. It was also alleged that ISIS imposed a sentence of 50 lashes for talking about the possible death of al-Baghdadi.

Recall that in mid-June, reports surfaced that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi could be eliminated at the end of may in an attack by the Russian VKS on a group of ISIS commanders in the southern suburbs of the Syrian city of raqqa. Then it was reported that the su-35 and su-34 struck on 28 may, the attack on the command post of militants that were present at the meeting and was destroyed by a high-ranking terrorist leaders, including the “Emir of Raqqa Abu al-Haji al-Masri, Emir Ibrahim al-Naef al-Hajj, who controlled the area from the city of raqqa to the village of es-Sohne and the head of security LIH Suleiman al-Sawah”.

At the end of last month, the number of Iranian sources claimed that al-Baghdadi “definitely dead.”

Although direct confirmation of this information was not provided, the number of ways (including rumors of the struggle for leadership unfolded in the top of the ISIS) talked about the high probability that al-Baghdadi is really dead. In this case, of course, it is possible to speak about considerable success in the fight against the terrorist group, managed to take control of significant territory in Syria and Iraq. However, the mere fact of the death of al-Baghdadi does not mean that the Salafi-jihadist movement dealt a fatal blow. Suffice it to recall that the death of Osama bin Laden was not the end for “al-Qaeda” (the terrorist group banned in Russia), which has managed to regroup and survive, representing a still a considerable danger – including in the form associated with the network of extremist groups operating in Syria. Not led to the collapse of the Taliban (not a terrorist organization) and the death of its leader, Mullah Omar (which, as it turned out, the Taliban was able to hide for very long).

Meanwhile we should not forget the fact that in 2014, when Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared himself the world, repeatedly came reports from Syria and Iraq about the possible destruction or serious wounding of the leader of ISIS. This information is fueled by the fact that al-Baghdadi over the last three years in public and did not appear (his last recording was posted online in November 2016).

For example, in the spring of 2015, there were rumours that the leader of ISIL has sustained serious spinal injuries in an airstrike. And in November 2014, the Iraqi sources reported that al-Baghdadi was wounded in air strikes on the ISIS convoy near Mosul. In December 2015, the Iranian media reported that the wounded al-Baghdadi allegedly was sent to his supporters controlled Libyan city of Sirte.

Anyway, even the confirmation by the representatives of the “Islamic state,” the death of al-Baghdadi is not necessarily true, and it may be misinformation.

Recall that, judging by the scant sources of the biography of the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was a former resident of the Western Baghdad district of Tobchi by the name of Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim al-Badri, received a doctorate at the Islamic University in Baghdad, had the reputation of a good preacher and an expert of religion. Until 2004, he lived in a room at a local mosque in a poor neighborhood in the West of the Iraqi capital. When the Americans invaded Iraq and deposed Saddam Hussein, al-Baghdadi initially showed no hostility toward Americans, but later joined the war against the Americans. He was arrested, and it is likely that in prison radicalized al-Baghdadi only got stronger. However, the Americans released him to freedom… And in 2014 it captured in Mosul by ISIS proclaimed a “Caliphate”, and himself “Caliph Ibrahim”.


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