Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

7/7/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

The mysterious Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), a primarily Sunni terrorist organization that has conquered portions of Syria and Iraq.

Members of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, a Sunni terrorist organization that has captured a great swath of land in Syria and Iraq and announced the creation of a new Islamic Caliphate.

Members of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, a Sunni terrorist organization that has captured a great swath of land in Syria and Iraq and announced the creation of a new Islamic Caliphate.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/7/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: International, Middle East, Iraq


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - But to his followers, he is Caliph Ibrahim, the new leader of the Islamic State, a new global Muslim empire that is taking shape in the region and continues to grow.

Peace can be achieved in the Middle East, God has shown us the way.

In a statement released on July 1, Baghdadi condemned the West and sumoned all Muslims, especially those with military, medical, administrative and public service experience, to emigrate to the caliphate to "take up arms . and fight, fight!"

"For your brothers all over the world are waiting for your rescue, and are anticipating your brigades," his statement read.

Baghdadi is a enigmatic figure, and very secretive. He is said to be very protective of his identity, when he consults his commanders he wears a mask, though it is not clear if this is the truth or folklore that has grown with him.

In an audio message announcing the new caliphate, ISIS spokesman Abu Mohamed Al-Adnani revealed what he claimed is Baghdadi's real name: Ibrahim bin Awad bin Ibrahim al-Badri Al-Radawi Al-Husseini Al-Samarra.

Iraqi political analyst and commentator Omar Al-Nidawi said that "names and titles can be made up or added on. People can have tribal names, nicknames or other aliases that are even related to the town they live in, the town they come from or a former profession. So one person can have more than one name."

Adding to his mystery, Baghdadi may have been jailed in the U.S. back in 2005.

"There have been at least two accounts," Nidawi said. One of these accounts suggests that Baghdadi was "in U.S. military custody and then transferred to Iraq authorities and released in 2009. But there is also another account that says there is no record that he was ever captured."

In April 2010, the U.S. military killed the leaders of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Ayyub al-Masri and Aby Omar al-Baghdadi, afterwards the group named Abu Bakr as its new leader. In an online speech in 2012, Baghdadi launched what he called a "Breaking the Walls" campaign in Iraq.

The campaign's goal was to free al-Qaida members imprisoned by U.S. forces and expanding his territory in Iraq. The July 2013 deadly attack on Abu Ghraib prison was part of this campaign, resulting in the escape of hundreds of prisoners.

To members of ISIS, Baghdadi is perfect for the office of caliphate.

Sunni Islam tradition holds that a caliph must be ana dult male Muslim, knowledgeable in military strategy and brave in conflict. Ideally, he should also be educated in Islamic theology and Shariah, or Islamic law.

An internet biography for Baghdadi claimst that he was born into a religious familiy in the city of Samarra and holds a Ph.D. from the Islamic University in Baghdad. A former religious teacher, he is well-versed in Islamic theology, history, culture, science, genealogy, law and jurisprudence.

His biographers say he is a prominent Salafist looking to cleanse Islam of Shiites and convert all Muslims to the Sunni interpretation of Islam. They credit him with military skill, eloquent speech as well as cleverness and courage.

Most significantly, Baghdadi claims decent from the Quraysh tribe.

"Quraysh is the tribe of the Prophet Mohamed," said Tawfik Hamid, senior fellow and chair for the Study of Islamic Radicalism at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. "There is a custom that says that the Caliph must be a Quraushi. This gives him not just political but religious legitimacy."

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2015 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for April 2016
Universal:
Small Farmers: That small farmers may receive a just reward for their precious labor.
Evangelization: African Christians: That Christians in Africa may give witness to love and faith in Jesus Christ amid political-religious conflicts.



Comments


More Middle East

Mad Max style missile strike destroys ISIS suicide bomb truck Watch

Image of ISIS suicide truck destroyed (Youtube).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Footage captured Kurdish fighters destroying a Mad Max-like scrapyard ISIS suicide bomber truck in Syria in an amazing missile explosion. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The footage caught an ISIS suicide bomber truck driving along a dirt road when suddenly a ... continue reading


Deadly tension erupts in Iraq - but DOESN'T involve ISIS? Watch

Image of Religious-fueled fighting has been breaking out among areas free of ISIS.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Fighting in Iraq leads to 12 dead - but ISIS had nothing to do with the gunfire. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - News of ISIS-related acts of terror including bombings, rape and even threatening social media have splashed headlines for quite a while, but what else ... continue reading


Documents reveal who is buying the most ISIS oil - and you won't guess who it is! Watch

Image of ISIS relies on oil sales to fund its operations. Just who is buying all the oil is surprising.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The Wall Street Journal has published their report on documents released by the U.S. government detailing the raid that killed ISIS's top money man. Abu Sayyaf was the official oil man for ISIS, generating over a million dollars a day for the terror organization, even ... continue reading


Saudi Arabia's $10 billion gambit isn't for friendly purposes Watch

Image of Obama is eager to appease the Saudis, but this may not be in the best interest of the American people.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Saudi Arabia is taking out a $10 billion loan to offset losses caused by collapsed oil prices, a condition the conservative Islamic monarchy has created for itself. Saudi Arabia is beginning to consider changes to its economy that will shift the nation away from oil. ... continue reading


How is the U.S. going to help Christians in danger of genocide? Watch

Image of Christians are in danger of genocide in the Middle East (America).

By Matt Hadro (CNA/EWTN News)

Now that the U.S. has declared that the Islamic State is waging genocide against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, what will be done to help the victims move forward? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - That was the question at an April 19 congressionalWill the ... continue reading


ISIS brutally butchers 250 women for refusing to become sex slaves Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Two-hundred and fifty women have been brutally slaughtered by the Islamic State for refusing to become sex slaves to the terrorists. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - After refusing to accept the "temporary marriages" and the "sexual jihad" being forced on them the ... continue reading


'I wish it was me not you,' Mother mourns over daughter's lifeless body Watch

Image of Syrian mother grieves for her daughter, who was killed during an air strike in Aleppo (barry Newsa/YouTube).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Air strikes in Syria continue to eat away at the ISIS population - but they have been destroying civilian lives as well. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A mother recently lost her daughter in a missile strike of Aleppo, Syria.The woman was recorded crying and ... continue reading


'When was it written?': Ancient grocery lists reveal truth about Bible Watch

Image of Literacy among the ancients may have been more widespread than previously believed (Michael Cordonsky/Israel Antiquities Authority).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Historians often argue about the age of the Bible. For all they've learned from the text, several questions remain. Was it written as events were happening or were stories passed down and eventually recorded? When, exactly, were the books of the Bible ... continue reading


MASS EXECUTION: ISIS slaughters 175 of their recent captives Watch

Image of ISIS continues its rampage across Syria.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

ISIS is reported to have kidnapped 300 cement workers outside Damascus, Syria. Of the 300 workers, new reports indicate 175 have been killed. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Daily Mail, an unknown source told state-run news agency SANA, "employees and ... continue reading


Fr Tom's older brother speaks out on heartbreaking ISIS kidnapping Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

As the entire world anxiously awaits a safe return of the ISIS kidnapped priest, Fr Thomas Uzhunnalil, his older brother continues to worry about the safety of Fr Tom. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Living alone with no access to media, Mathew Uzhunnalil, 73, ... continue reading


All Middle East News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 15:1-2, 22-29
1 Then some men came down from Judaea and taught the brothers, 'Unless ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
2 Then the earth will acknowledge your ways, and all nations your power ... Read More

Gospel, John 14:23-29
23 Jesus replied: Anyone who loves me will keep my word, and my Father ... Read More

Reading 2, Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23
10 In the spirit, he carried me to the top of a very high mountain, and ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 1st, 2016 Image

St. Marculf
May 1: Marculf is also known as Marcoul. He was born at ... Read More