Militant Leader of ISIS: His Reign of Terror Over?

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Dead

Hayden Strange

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a former Iraqi physics teacher and Iraqi born leader of the Islamic State of Iraq a caliphate and now considered a political-religious successor to the islamic prophet Muhammed and leader of the entire Islamic community sought to reign complete dominance over Syria and Iraq as leader of the United States originated terrorist group, the Islamic State of Iraq (ISL) and the Levant (ISIL), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or al-Qaeda in Iraq. 

With a $25 million bounty on his head, al-Baghdadi has been in command of much devastation in Europe, including thousands of civilian death within Syria, and has been in charge of the slaughter and torture of various hostages from around the world. Leading terrorism in the middle east, he has broken into an unheard level of extreme brutality, including playground bombings, and videos of beheadings. By supporting members of the ISIL to match this level of extreme brutality has lead the war against terrorism so prevalent in modern times. 

Including devastating remote parts of Europe, brutalizing the mid-east and forcing countless people to find refuge, al-Baghdadi has also encouraged mass crucifixion, turned female captives into sex slaves while elegantly executing prisoners by stoning, hacking or burning them alive while filming this per Baghdadi’s warrant. 

A very hard man to find, being mainly heard about through intercepted radio communications and public address, he has been long sought after by the U.S government to be assassinated or captured.The question comes into play if having him out of the picture will affect anything going on, because they will indeed just replace their leader. Yet, a successor has not been named by the caliphate. 

He has been known to travel often and to keep his position unknown and secret while being transported very quietly and without a lot of attention.

“The prisons, prisons, oh soldiers of the caliphate,” he said. “Your brothers and sisters — do your utmost to free them and tear down the walls restricting them.” a public address by Abu Bakr urging the caliphate to free prisoners. 

Though in recent years has begun losing his notoriety within the caliphate community but has still left them crazy as ever, “a messianic figure drawn to the harshest interpretations of Islamic texts and seized with the conviction that all dissenters should be put to death.”

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed on October 26th, 2019 and reports are saying that they killed his replacement as well, a man named Abdullah Qardash, who has not been heard over the radio since an ISIL channel in 2017. A senior leader named Abdul-Hasan al-Muhajir was killed in Syria by the U.S targeted airstrike. 

A raid planned and executed by specialty team Delta Force, with help from Turkey and Kurdish ground fighters,  As well as Russia helping control the airspace with drones. President Donald Trump also watched through a live feed tapped into Delta Force. al-Baghdadi was pushed into a dead-in by U.S special forces when he consciously blew up his suicide vest, killing himself and three of his offspring.  

After his death, Trump issued a statement to the public, “Baghdadi was vicious and violent, and he died in a vicious and violent way — as a coward, running and crying,” the president added.

It is unknown how his death will affect the war on terrorism and if it will deteriorate the Islamic state’s current dominance and siege power of running cities over in Syria. A quote from William McCants, author and scholar of The ISIS Apocalypse, which is a published book on the history of the Islamic State, “He was the guy who could build bridges between the foreign fighters and local Iraqis, his ability to move between these two factions helped his rise to become caliph and then allowed him to stay on top.” It is clear that his death is a massive blow against the Islamic State of Iraq, the Revenant, and Syria.