Abu Bakr al Baghdadi

Abu Bakr al Baghdadi was born in Samarra, in Northern Iraq, on July 28th 1971. His real name is Ibrahim Al Badri. He is currently considered the leader of Isis, one of the main Jihadist organizations. He studied Islamic law in Baghdad, and when he was young he seemed more interested in football than Islam and extremism. We are not certain when he embraced a radicalised ideology. In 2004 he spent a few months in the American prison of Camp Bucca, after which he joined the ranks of Al Qaeda in Iraq. In 2010, after the death of Al Qaeda’s leader Abu Al Masri, he became head of the organization. The next year his group was active in Syria against Assad. He received international attention when, in July 2014, he proclaimed the birth of the Islamic State.