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Former leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: Former leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Abū Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Qurashi was the Iraqi-born leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The group has been designated as a terrorist organisation by the United Nations, as well as by the European Union and many individual states, while Baghdadi was considered a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the United States until his death in October 2019. In June 2014, he was chosen caliph of ISIL by the Shura Council, who were representing those members of the Islamic State qualified to elect a caliph.

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Turkey arrests 94 Islamic State suspects ahead of New Year

Turkish police detained 94 people suspected of ties to Islamic State in nationwide raids on Monday ahead of New Year celebrations, police and state media said, two months after the group's leader Abu..
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Islamic State says it beheaded Christian captives in Nigeria

Islamic State released a video purporting to show its militants beheading 10 Christian men in Nigeria, saying it was part of a campaign to avenge the deaths of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and its..
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In Afghanistan, Trump voices hope for ceasefire [Video]In Afghanistan, Trump voices hope for ceasefire

U.S. President Donald Trump made a surprise Thanksgiving visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Thursday and said he believed Taliban insurgents would agree to a ceasefire in America's longest war...

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White House Honors Military Dog Who Assisted With Killing ISIS Leader [Video]White House Honors Military Dog Who Assisted With Killing ISIS Leader

The canine, whose name is Conan, helped with an operation that ended with the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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UK Labour's Corbyn: IS leader Baghdadi better captured alive

It would have been the right thing to do to capture Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi alive if it had been possible, the leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, said on..
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Trump says U.S. has eye on Baghdadi's third in command

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the United States knows the location of the third in command to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed last month in a U.S.-led raid.
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Erdogan says Turkey has captured Baghdadi's wife in Syria

Turkey has captured a wife of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, more than a week after the former Islamic State leader killed himself during a raid by U.S. special..
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Turkey captures sister of dead IS leader in Syria: Turkish officials

Turkey captured the sister of dead Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Monday in the northern Syrian town of Azaz, a senior Turkish official told Reuters, and is interrogating her husband and..
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Somalia's Islamic State affiliate vows support for group's new leader

Somalia's Islamic State affiliate, one of the most important outposts of the militant group, swore allegiance in a statement on Sunday to the new leader named by the organization following the death of..
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Egypt's Sinai Province swears allegiance to new Islamic State leader

Egypt's Islamic State affiliate, Sinai Province, has sworn allegiance to the new leader named by the group following the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the affiliate said on Telegram on Saturday.
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U.S. looking at new ISIS leader and role in organization: U.S. official

The United States is looking into the new leader of the Islamic State to determine his role in the organization and where he came from, Nathan Sales, the U.S. counter-terrorism coordinator, said on..
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Islamic State vows revenge against U.S. for Baghdadi killing

Islamic State confirmed on Thursday that its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a weekend raid by U.S. forces in northwestern Syria and vowed revenge against the United States.
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Islamic State confirms Baghdadi dead, vows revenge

The Islamic State militant group confirmed on Thursday that its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a weekend raid by U.S. forces in northwestern Syria and it vowed revenge against the United..
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Islamic State confirms its leader Baghdadi is dead: group's news agency Amaq

The Islamic State militant group confirmed on Thursday its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed, the group's news agency Amaq said in an audio tape following a U.S. weekend raid.
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What's next for the embattled Syrian region?

This week on Please Explain, we discuss the death of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and its implications for the crisis in Syria.
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U.S. releases Baghdadi raid video, warns of likely retribution attack

The Pentagon on Wednesday released its first images from last weekend's commando raid in Syria that led to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and warned the militant group may..
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After Baghdadi death, Nobel laureate Nadia Murad asks: What about the rest?

The fight for justice for victims of Islamic State militants does not end with the death of leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Nobel laureate Nadia Murad said on Wednesday, asking: "How about those that..
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Death of Islamic State leader 'big' but more work lies ahead: Kushner

The death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was a big step in the fight against Islamic State but the United States still has more work to do, White House adviser Jared Kushner said on Tuesday.
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For Yazidis, Baghdadi's death 'doesn't feel like justice yet'

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's death will mean nothing to 19-year-old rape victim Jamila unless the Islamic State militants who enslaved her are brought to justice.
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Islamic State silent on Baghdadi death as it searches for successor

Islamic State supporters have responded with silence and disbelief days after the death of their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, suggesting a breakdown in the command structure of the Sunni militant group..
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Trump says likely Baghdadi successor killed by U.S. troops

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the U.S. military had killed the person who likely would have succeeded Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as the leader of Islamic State.
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U.S wants to bolster fight against Islamic State after its leader's death

The United States wants to bolster a coalition fighting Islamic State in northeastern Syria, a senior State Department official said on Monday, after the leader of the jihadi movement, Abu Bakr..
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Baghdadi given burial at sea, afforded religious rites: U.S. officials

The United States has given the remains of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi a burial at sea and afforded him religious rites according to Islamic custom after he was killed in a U.S. commando..
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Baghdadi death uncovers 'significant' new intelligence, Marise Payne says

Australia's Foreign Minister Marise Payne said important information was found after Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in Syria on Sunday.
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Syrian Democratic Forces say Baghdadi's underwear was DNA tested before raid

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's underpants were obtained by an undercover source and DNA tested to prove his identity before an operation by U.S. forces to kill him, an advisor to the..
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Killing the leader may not be enough to stamp out Islamic State

The killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is of considerable importance, experts believe, but the underlying reasons for his jihadist group's existence remain and attacks in the Middle..
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U.S. hero dog wounded in Baghdadi operation shall go unnamed for now

Answering the call to duty, a wounded hero dog was one of the few casualties from the U.S. special forces raid on the Syria compound of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. But don't ask the..
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U.S. disposes of Baghdadi remains, will not release video: military

U.S. authorities have disposed of the remains of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and have no plans to release photos or videos of his death at this time, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs..
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U.S.-led anti-IS coalition ministers to meet in Washington on November 14: official

A group of foreign ministers from the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State will convene in Washington on November 14, a senior State Department official said on Monday, and discuss the next step..
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Baghdadi leaves bitter legacy in Iraqi city of Mosul he terrorized

When Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi took to the pulpit of Iraq's historic al-Nuri mosque to declare his caliphate in 2014, residents of Mosul had no idea the extent to which their city would be devastated.
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Trump says U.S. may release parts of Baghdadi raid video

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he may declassify and release part of the video taken on Saturday of the raid in Syria in which Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed.
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Russia guarded over Baghdadi killing, world leaders say fight goes on

Russia offered guarded praise on Monday after President Donald Trump announced that U.S. forces had killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but world leaders warned that the fight against the..
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Turkey says shared information with U.S. before Baghdadi operation

Turkey and the U.S. were engaged in intense diplomacy and exchanged views on the operation the night that U.S. special forces conducted a mission to kill Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in..
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Saudi Arabia praises Washington over death of Islamic State leader

Saudi Arabia praised the U.S. administration for the raid that resulted in the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, state news agency SPA quoted a foreign ministry official as saying.
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Kremlin says Islamic State leader's death a boost for Trump if true

The Kremlin said on Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump will have made a major contribution to the fight against international terrorism if a U.S. assertion that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr..
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Turkish official cites 'intense' coordination with U.S. on Baghdadi operation

Turkey's military was in intense coordination with U.S. counterparts on the night that U.S. special forces conducted a mission to kill Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in northwest Syria, a..
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After Baghdadi death, Southeast Asia expects long fight against Islamic State's influence

Southeast Asian countries fighting Islamic State's influence in the region lauded the killing of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi but said security forces were preparing for a long battle to thwart the..
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Afghanistan says death of Islamic State leader delivers big blow to Afghan faction

Afghanistan welcomed the killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as a major blow to terrorism that is expected to weaken the South Asian branch of the Middle Eastern militant group.
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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: one of world's most wanted men

Baghdadi proved his capacity for violence by staging 60 simultaneous attacks that killed 110 people in one day.
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Exclusive: Baghdadi's aide was key to his capture - Iraqi intelligence sources

In their long hunt for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Iraqi intelligence teams secured a break in February 2018 after one of the Islamic State leader's top aides gave them information on how he escaped capture..
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Trump announces grisly death of Islamic State leader Baghdadi during U.S. raid

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday announced that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died during an overnight raid led by U.S. military forces in Syria, a major victory as he fights a Democratic-led impeachment..
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SBS World News bulletin: 27/10/19

SBS News wraps-up all the national and international news including; IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi believed dead, Australia's most notorious serial killer Ivan Milat dies and Uluru traditional owners..
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U.S. targeted Islamic State's al-Baghdadi: official

The United States has carried out an operation targeting Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a U.S. official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.
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Islamic State's Baghdadi: a trail of horror and death

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Iraqi jihadist who rose from obscurity to declare himself "caliph" of all Muslims as the leader of Islamic State, has been targeted in a U.S. military operation in Syria.
Reuters - Published

Iran was informed of IS leader Baghdadi's death - Iranian officials tell Reuters

Iran was informed by sources in Syria that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed, two Iranian officials told Reuters on Sunday.
Reuters - Published

Islamic State leader says 'daily operations' underway in purported message

Islamic State's media network on Monday issued an audio message purporting to come from its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi saying operations were taking place daily and urging freedom for women jailed in..
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