Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

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Leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant from 2013 to 2019

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According to Wikipedia, Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim al-Badri , commonly known by his nom de guerre Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi , was an Iraqi militant who was the first caliph of the Islamic State from 2014 until his death. Baghdadi was born in Samarra and obtained graduate degrees in Islamic theology in the late 1990s and 2000s. Following the American invasion in March 2003, he joined Salafi jihadist groups in Iraq and was detained with al-Qaeda commanders at the American Camp Bucca in 2004. He joined al-Qaeda in Iraq there and rose through the ranks until he was appointed emir, the highest leader, in 2010. Al-Qaeda in Iraq reorganized and renamed itself into Islamic State of Iraq during this time. In June 2014, the group permanently broke with al-Qaeda, renamed itself the "Islamic State", and declared itself a caliphate. Baghdadi was chosen caliph of the Islamic State by the Shura Council, who represented those members of the Islamic State qualified to elect a caliph.

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