Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Baghdadi dead in US military raid

Fugitive Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died “whimpering and crying” in a raid by US special forces in northwest Syria, President Donald Trump announced yesterday, fulfilling what he called his top national security goal.

October 28, 2019
October 28, 2019

Baghdadi's aide was key to his capture

Baghdadi would sometimes hold strategy talks with his commanders in moving minibuses packed with vegetables in order to avoid detection, Ismael al-Ethawi told officials after he was arrested by Turkish authorities and handed to the Iraqis.

October 28, 2019
October 28, 2019

Baghdadi dead in US military raid

Fugitive Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died “whimpering and crying” in a raid by US special forces in northwest Syria, President Donald Trump announced yesterday, fulfilling what he called his top national security goal.

July 11, 2017
July 11, 2017

IS chief Baghdadi killed: Syrian Observatory

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights tells Reuters that it had "confirmed information" that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed.

June 16, 2017
June 16, 2017

Russia claims to have killed IS leader Baghdadi

Russia's Defense Ministry says it was checking information that a Russian air strike near the Syrian city of Raqqa may have killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in late May.

November 21, 2015
November 21, 2015

UN unites against Islamic State

The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution to "redouble" action against Islamic State, following last week's deadly attacks in Paris. The French-drafted document urges UN members to "take all necessary measures" in the fight against IS.

November 16, 2015
November 16, 2015

Paris attack: Iraq warned of IS attack one day before

Senior Iraqi intelligence officials warned coalition countries of imminent assaults by the Islamic State group just one day before last week's deadly attacks in Paris killed 129 people, according to reports.

October 12, 2015
October 12, 2015

Islamic State figures killed in air strike

Eight senior figures from Islamic State were killed in an air strike while meeting in a town in western Iraq, but the group's reclusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi did not appear to be among them.

August 22, 2015
August 22, 2015

IS 'deputy' killed in air strike, US says

A deputy leader of Islamic State (IS), Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, has been killed in a US military strike in northern Iraq, the White House says.

August 15, 2015
August 15, 2015

IS leader Baghdadi 'raped American aid worker'

Kayla Mueller, who was killed in February while held hostage by Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, was sexually abused by the group's top leader.

May 15, 2015
May 15, 2015

Islam is religion of fighting, not peace: IS leader

The Islamic State group on Thursday released an audio message purportedly from its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who has not been seen or heard from in months.