Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Essay

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Caliphate was once a word many Americans had never heard before. Caliphate has now become a household word since the troubling and quick ascension of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS). The word itself represents the rule of a Caliph. This Caliph can rule a land mass, a government, or a mass of people. In the case of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, it is lands and cities in Northern Iraq. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the current Caliph of ISIS. He is the so-called only “legitimate successor to the prophet Mohammed” (independent.co.uk). With this distinction, al-Baghdadi is claiming to be the overall leader of Islam. As we all have seen, the rise of ISIS is unsettling and surprising. They have managed to take lands, people, and military equipment during their establishment of the Caliphate. Al-Baghdadi now is the second-most wanted terrorist in the world, only second the leader of Al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri. Al-Baghdadi is a Sunni Muslim born in 1971. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, al-Baghdadi was imprisoned by US forces where it is believed that he …show more content…
The violent attacks they both use are greatly documented. One in specific is the use of the suicide bomber. Another similarity is the alleged brotherhood they claim to provide to those that join forces with them. This so-called brotherhood then asks their respective members to commit atrocities against humanity. Al-Baghdadi and Al-Qaeda have created a network of terrorism that spans across the globe and reaches into every part of our life. They both have committed acts of war against the United States with the brutal killings of innocent Americans. They both use the shock-and-awe tactic to cripple anyone who dares stand against them. We have seen this with video after video of brutal killings, maiming, burnings, and amputations to innocent folks who only may have believed in a religion other than

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