Islamic State's Baghdadi: A trail of horror and death

World Oct 28, 2019

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 died in a raid by U.S. special forces in northwest Syria. U.S. President Donald Trump said in a televised address from ...

IS leader al-Baghdadi urges Mosul jihadis to fight to the end

World Nov 3, 2016

IS leader al-Baghdadi urges Mosul jihadis to fight to the end

Gogjali Iraq AFP-Jiji Jihadi leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called on his fighters to resist as Iraqi forces were poised Thursday to enter the city of Mosul where he declared a "caliphate" two years ago. The appeal was made in an audio recording released on the internet and ...

Commentary / World Jul 14, 2014

A caliph in his own mind

by Bernard Haykel

The recent declaration of a caliphate by the militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is an unprecedented event in modern times, showing that violent jihadism is now an entrenched feature of the Arab political landscape.