Baghdadi’s death, reported in the Turkish daily Yenis Safak, would be welcome news. It would mean the elimination of a charismatic leader with a cult like following, and could leave a leadership vacuum that would lead to more infighting in ISIS.
Yet al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph of all Muslims, has been killed before–or so we were told. Those previous reports were all a bit premature. The photos below are both examples of false reports.
The initial reports this time say he was killed Sunday, June 12th, but the U.S. has yet to confirm the reports. Perhaps, after false alarms, they’re taking greater pains to confirm the facts.
The flip side to that is the very real possibility that this is just another red herring. The Pentagon is issuing plausible denials, saying that they’re unaware of any ISIS leadership being killed in the recent raids.
But he still continues to shun the spotlight for an aura of mystery that adds to his appeal and his lack of public appearances means he still has a unprecedented $10million bounty on his head.
Baghdadi has a PhD in Islamic studies and was a professor at....
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