Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the leader of DA’ISH. He is self-proclaimed Caliph of the Muslims, something denied and derided by virtually all Muslims. His appearance as leader as well as the rapid gains of DA’ISH in Syria and Iraq have been largely unexpected and his backers still unknown. The DA’ISH has been responsible for numerous massacres and atrocities. They have spared none who disagree with them, but their attacks on religious minorities have received particular media attention. There are no confirmed reports of his background, but some reports say that Abu Bakr was born near Samarra, Iraq and holds a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Islamic Sciences in the Baghdad suburb of Adhamiya.
Birth: 28 July 1971 (Age: 45)
Source of Influence: Extremists
Status: Featured in current year