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The leader of ISIS: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Name: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Abu Du`a
Birth Name: Ibrahim Awad al-Badri
Aliases: Dr. Ibrahim Ibrahim, Ibrahim ‘Awad Ibrahim al-Badri al Samarrai, Abu Dua’, Dr. Ibrahim al-Baghdadi
Date of Birth: 1971
Place of Birth: Samarra Iraq
Skin color: Light
Religion: Wahhabism, Sunni Islam
Education: PhD from Islamic University of Baghdad in Islamic Studies
Organization: Islamic State of Iraq (Syria) and the Levant (ISIS) (ISIL)
Predecessor: Abu Abdullah al-Rashid al-Baghdadi
Goal: To establish a Caliphate with authority over all Muslims in the world. He is proclaimed himself to be the Caliph or leader of this organization.
Funds under his control: $2 Billion Funding comes from captured banks selling oil from captured oil fields, ransom, selling artifacts, and donations
Area under control: areas in Iraq and Syria. Land under control is around the size of Belgium.
Fighters under command: 32,000
Bounty: $10 million dollars
Description: Radical Islamic leader very skilled in advanced battlefield tactics and a great administrator. Leader of the ISIS organization known for its ruthless terror tactics which include mass executions beheadings suicide bombings and crucifixion of Christians. Known for how little is known of his whereabouts he has the nickname the invisible sheikh.
Opponents and Allies
various Kurdish groups
ISIS leader appearance
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The History of ISIS/ISIL
Provides an excellent history on the development of ISIS and it ensuing insurgency.