Baghdadi, leader of Iraq insurgents, is jihad’s rising chief

June 11, 2014 9:15 PM

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BEIRUT: The leader of radical Sunni fighters who have made rapid military advances in Iraq is the rising star of global jihad, driven, Islamist fighters say, by an unbending determination to fight for and establish a hard-line Islamic state.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, commander of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), now controls large parts of eastern Syria and western Iraq, a vast cross-border haven for militants in the Sunni core of the Middle East.

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