Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

1971 - 2019

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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (Arabic: أَبُو بَكْرٍ ٱلْبَغْدَادِيُّ, romanized: ʾAbū Bakr al-Baḡdādī; born Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim Ali Muhammad al-Badri al-Samarrai (Arabic: إِبْرَاهِيمُ عَوَّادِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ عَليِّ مُحَمَّدِ ٱلْبَدْريِّ ٱلسَّامَرَّائِيِّ; romanized: ʾIbrāhīm ʿAwwād ʾIbrāhīm ʿAlī Muḥammad al-Badrī as-Sāmarrāʾī; 28 July 1971 – 27 October 2019), was an Iraqi militant and the first caliph of the Islamic State from 2014 until his death in 2019. Baghdadi was born in Samarra, Iraq, and obtained graduate degrees in Islamic theology in the late 1990s and 2000s. He joined early Salafi-jihadi groups in Iraq following the US invasion in March 2003 and was detained with Al Qaeda commanders at the American Camp Bucca in 2004. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has received more than 12,461,823 page views. His biography is available in 79 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 77 in 2019). Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the 18th most popular extremist (up from 20th in 2019), the 40th most popular biography from Iraq (down from 35th in 2019) and the most popular 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 18 out of 209Before him are Ted Kaczynski, Andrei Chikatilo, Ramón Mercader, Abdullah Öcalan, Zodiac Killer, and Ed Gein. After him are Albert Fish, Ulrike Meinhof, Charles Ponzi, Ayman al-Zawahiri, John Wayne Gacy, and Jim Jones.

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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, Julian Assange, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Wahlberg, Winona Ryder, Jeremy Renner, and Anna Netrebko. Among people deceased in 2019, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ranks 10Before him are Niki Lauda, Robert Mugabe, Rutger Hauer, Bruno Ganz, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and Robert Forster. After him are Mohamed Morsi, Agnès Varda, Alexei Leonov, Anna Karina, Franco Zeffirelli, and Karel Gott.

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Among people born in Iraq, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ranks 40 out of 338Before him are Ur-Nammu (-2200), Ahmad ibn Fadlan (900), Eber (-2038), Möngke Khan (1209), Antiochus I Soter (-324), and Suleyman Shah (1178). After him are Al-Ash'ari (873), Enheduanna (-2300), Shalmaneser III (-900), Al-Mu'tasim (796), Faisal II of Iraq (1935), and Šuppiluliuma I (-1344).

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Among extremists born in Iraq, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ranks 1After him are Taha Yassin Ramadan (1938), Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi (1976), and Ramzi Yousef (1968).