in the vicinityVideoISIS leader al-Baghdadi kills himself, as US forces stormed his compound
In the case of special op forces stormed al-Baghdadi, the compound of the ISIS leader a suicide detonated vest; Kevin cork reports from the White house.
US sources have confirmed that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead, apparently a suicide vest, killing himself, during a US RAID on a compound in North-West Syria, marking the last successful operation against the once-powerful group that at one point controlled parts of Iraq and Syria.
But who is the man whose death triggered was the world’s headlines, and a huge blow to ISIS?
Al-Baghdadi, whose real name is Ibrahim ibn Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarrai, took over ISIS in 2010 after the previous leader, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi killed.
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Born to a lower-middle-class family in Samarra in the Sunni triangle North of Baghdad in 1971, al-Baghdadi is part of a religious-conservative family, but was believed to have been decades radicalized later.
Earlier in his life, he has a PhD in Islamic jurisprudence from what was then known as Saddam University, which was later renamed the Islamic University of Baghdad after the U.S. ousted Saddam Hussein. According to Fawaz A. Gerges’ book, “A story of ISIS,” the “consensus among the people who knew Baghdadi”, the “turning point in his radicalization”, as the US Invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Al-Baghdadi was captured by U.S. forces in February 2004. He was released in December, along with other militant, who is believed to be “low level” threats. After he was released, he said according to reports, an American prison guard, he “will find you … always and everywhere…here or New York.”
In 2006, al-Baghdadi joined ISIS, which was then led by the founder, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The group of military leaders were mostly former generals who served under Saddam Hussein’s BA’ath regime.
At its height, ISIS has a corridor to be controlled by the Iraqi and Syrian territory, about the size of Ohio. The self-declared Caliphate was defeated in Iraq in the year 2017, and fell in Syria, when he lost his territory in March 2019.
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Al-Baghdadi was known to release audio messages encouraging ISIS and their supporters. A recording released last month, called on members of the extremist group to release detainees and women in prisons and camps by any means necessary. It is al-Baghdadi was the first known public statement, in about five months.
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In a 30-minute recording released, the asked by the group media wing of ISIS leader: “How can enjoy a Muslim life?”, if Muslim women are held in camps, which he lead as “prisons, the humiliation of the crusaders and their Shi’ite followers.”
Despite the recent battlefield defeats, sleeper cells have continued to launch attacks in both Iraq and Syria. For years, the acts of terror around the globe were thrilled by ISIS and its ideology. In his September message, al-Baghdadi and his followers encouraged to keep the movement alive tell “- to avoid the soldiers and followers of the Caliphate everywhere,” deviation, and asks Allah to grant ISIS victory.
Fox News’ Bradford Betz, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.