According to reports from an ISIS affiliated news outlet, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the ISIS leader, was killed by an airstrike in Raqqa during Ramadan. The report has not been confirmed by coalition forces but if this happened it is BIG.
News first broke in a statement from the al-Amaq news agency, which has close links to ISIS. It was then reported by the respected Turkish daily Yeni Safak.
In a statement, the agency claimed: “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed by coalition air strikes on Raqqa on the fifth day of Ramadan.”
There is some mystery surrounding how al-Baghdadi came to lead ISIS. The Mirror has information. Interestingly enough, while most radical leaders are older, al-Baghdadi is only 45.
He was first named Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali Muhammad al-Badri al-Samarrai, but took on the name al-Baghdadi later in life. Up until 2004 he lived in a mosque located in Tobchi, a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Baghdad. There is some debate around when al-Baghdadi first begun his twisted “career” in terrorism. Some say that he was already an extremist before the invasion of Iraq and fall of Saddam in 2003. The fact that little is known about when he begun terrorist activities is typical of al-Baghdadi.
Here’s more information on his reported death:
Here’s hoping the report of his demise is true.
There is a movie called ‘Nighthawks’ starring Sylvester Stallone and Billy Dee Williams. They play NYC cops being trained on how to deal with terrorists. At point, their instructor says:
To combat violence, you need greater violence.
ISIS is not going to be deterred by threats of “being brought to justice.” They are willing to die for their cause. As such, we should get them before they get us.
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