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Who is IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi?

The jihadi leader has styled himself the new "Caliph," but what does that mean?

By Iravati Guha  

So few photos of al-Baghdadi exist that he is known as “the invisible sheikh.”

Who is al-Baghdadi?

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, also known as Abu Dua, is an Iraqi-born jihadist. With only two authenticated photos of him and no known video-taped pronouncements, he has earned the nickname “the Invisible Sheikh.” Al-Baghdadi is credited with transforming a few Iraqi terror cells into the Islamic State (IS), a militant jihadist group which aims to establish an Islamic state, or a unified global community following Sharia law. Formerly known as ISIS, IS’s name…

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