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‘World’s No. 1 terrorist leader’
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi led the Islamic State for the past 5 years
The ISIS leader was the highest-ranking terrorist to be killed or captured since Osama bin Laden’s death in 2011.
He encouraged a new kind of attacks
He urged his followers to strike Western countries, including the U.S., and helped lead a shift in operations toward difficult-to-prevent acts of violence as opposed to large-scale attacks.
Al-Baghdadi was a wanted man
Al-Baghdadi remained one of the few ISIS leaders still at large as his “caliphate” shrank and supporters were imprisoned. He had been reported dead multiple times, and the U.S. placed a $25 million bounty on his head.
US authorities are certain he’s dead
The ISIS leader killed himself by detonating a suicide vest. He was in a tunnel, which caved in because of the explosion, President Trump said Sunday. An on-site DNA test was done; the results gave immediate and positive identification, the president said.