A wanted man and how he be­came one

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ABUBakr al-Bagh­dadi, known to his sup­port­ers as Amir al-Mu’minin, Caliph Ibrahim is emir, pro­claimed as caliph.

He has been listed as a Spe­cially Des­ig­nated Global Ter­ror­ist by the US State Depart­ment since 2011. The US has put for­ward a re­ward of up to $10 mil­lion (R111m) for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to his cap­ture or death.

Only the leader of al-Qaeda, Ay­man alZawahiri, mer­its a larger re­ward ($25m).

After the US in­va­sion of Iraq in 2003, al-Bagh­dadi helped to found the mil­i­tant group Ja­maat Jaysh Ahl al-Sun­nah wa-lJa­maah, in which he served as head of the sharia com­mit­tee.

Is­lamic State was orig­i­nally the Iraqi di­vi­sion of al-Qaeda, with al-Bagh­dadi an­nounced as leader in May 2010, fol­low­ing the death of his pre­de­ces­sor.

As leader, al-Bagh­dadi was re­spon­si­ble for mas­ter­mind­ing large-scale op­er­a­tions such as the Au­gust 2011 at­tack on the Umm al-Qura Mosque in Bagh­dad which killed Sunni law­maker Khalid al-Fah­dawi.

Fol­low­ing Osama bin Laden’s death in May 2011, al-Bagh­dadi re­leased a state­ment threat­en­ing vi­o­lent re­tal­i­a­tion. In Au­gust 2011, a wave of Is­lamic State sui­cide at­tacks, raids, road­side bombs, small arms at­tacks and co-or­di­nated car bomb­ings be­gan in Iraq.

The Is­lamic State for­mally ex­panded into Syria last year, when it an­nounced the for­ma­tion of the Is­lamic State of Iraq and the Le­vant.

On June 29 this year, it fur­ther an­nounced the es­tab­lish­ment of a caliphate. Al-Bagh­dadi was named its caliph and it was re­named Is­lamic State. – Wikipedia

PIC­TURE: AP

BOUNTY ON HIS HEAD: The US will re­ward any­one with in­for­ma­tion on Abu Bakr al-Bagh­dadi with $10m.

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