Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

1971 - 2019

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Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri (Arabic: إبراهيم عواد إبراهيم علي البدري, romanized: ʾIbrāhīm ʿAwād ʾIbrāhīm Alī al-Badri; 28 July 1971 – 27 October 2019), commonly known by his nom de guerre Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (Arabic: أبو بكر البغدادي, romanized: ʾAbū Bakr al-Baghdādī), was an Iraqi militant who was the first caliph of the Islamic State (IS) from 2014 until his death in 2019. Baghdadi was born in Samarra and obtained graduate degrees in Islamic theology in the late 1990s and 2000s. According to supporters, he obtained a PhD at the Islamic University of Baghdad. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has received more than 13,969,420 page views. His biography is available in 84 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 79 in 2019). Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the 22nd most popular extremist (down from 18th in 2019), the 43rd most popular biography from Iraq (down from 39th in 2019) and the most popular Iraqi Extremist.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS. He is a Sunni Muslim who is the self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State. Baghdadi was born in Samarra, Iraq, and joined the insurgency that developed following the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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Among extremists, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ranks 22 out of 283Before him are Ramón Mercader, Andrei Chikatilo, Ted Kaczynski, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Ulrike Meinhof, and Ed Gein. After him are Albert Fish, Charles Ponzi, Carlos the Jackal, Patrizia Reggiani, George Habash, and Frederick Trump.

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Among people born in 1971, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ranks 5Before him are Elon Musk, Tupac Shakur, Justin Trudeau, and Jared Leto. After him are Pep Guardiola, Jada Pinkett Smith, Anna Netrebko, Julian Assange, Winona Ryder, Idina Menzel, and Mark Wahlberg. Among people deceased in 2019, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ranks 15Before him are Robert Forster, Bruno Ganz, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Mohamed Morsi, Nuon Chea, and Peter Fonda. After him are Karel Gott, I. M. Pei, Alexei Leonov, Anna Karina, Franco Zeffirelli, and Immanuel Wallerstein.

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Among people born in Iraq, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ranks 43 out of 384Before him are Eber (-2038), Antiochus I Soter (-324), Ur-Nammu (-2200), Al-Musta'sim (1213), Suleyman Shah (1178), and Faisal II of Iraq (1935). After him are Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr (1914), Al-Jahiz (775), Tiglath-Pileser I (-1200), Shalmaneser III (-900), Ziryab (789), and Nahum (-600).

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Among extremists born in Iraq, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ranks 1After him are Taha Yassin Ramadan (1938), and Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi (1976).