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 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 terrorist and the leader of the Islamic State terror group from 2014 until his death in 2019. Baghdadi was born in or near 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 11,877,033 page views. His biography is available in 77 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 73 in 2019). Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the 20th most popular extremist (down from 17th in 2019), the 35th most popular biography from Iraq (down from 34th 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 20 out of 205Before him are Ramón Mercader, Ulrike Meinhof, Ted Kaczynski, Zodiac Killer, Albert Fish, and Abdullah Öcalan. After him are Charles Ponzi, Cleon, Machine Gun Kelly, Jim Jones, Amon Göth, and John Wayne Gacy.

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Among people born in 1971, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ranks 4Before him are Tupac Shakur, Justin Trudeau, and Elon Musk. After him are Jared Leto, Pep Guardiola, Anna Netrebko, Julian Assange, Winona Ryder, Jeremy Renner, Idina Menzel, and Mark Wahlberg. Among people deceased in 2019, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ranks 14Before him are Rutger Hauer, Alexei Leonov, Agnès Varda, Franco Zeffirelli, Doris Day, and Peter Fonda. After him are Jeffrey Epstein, Immanuel Wallerstein, Mohamed Morsi, Karel Gott, Bibi Andersson, and I. M. Pei.

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Among people born in Iraq, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ranks 35 out of 300Before him are Ismail al-Jazari (1136), Ezra (-500), Ur-Nammu (-2200), Gudea (-2200), Khosrow II (570), and Al-Mu'tasim (796). After him are Enheduanna (-2300), Naram-Sin of Akkad (-2254), Möngke Khan (1209), Ahmad Sanjar (1085), Shalmaneser III (-900), and Suleyman Shah (1178).

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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).