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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's True Legacy

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Oct 29, 2019 | 09:00 GMT
This July 5, 2014, photo shows an image grab taken from a propaganda video released by al-Furqan Media showing Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as he declares himself caliph in Mosul.

This July 5, 2014, photo shows an image grab taken from a propaganda video released by al-Furqan Media showing Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as he declares himself caliph in Mosul. Now that he is dead, al-Baghdadi has left behind a legacy of supreme violence and other barbarity.

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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the caliphate with the aim of bringing all the world's Muslims under his fold. He bequeaths, however, a legacy of depravity and a divided jihadist movement....

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