How ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi became the world’s most powerful jihadi leader

June 11, 2014 8:11 AM

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Undated file picture released on Wednesday Jan. 29, 2014, by the official website of Iraq’s Interior Ministry claiming to show Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Al-Qaida’s central leadership broke with one of its most powerful branch commanders, who in defiance of its orders spread his operations from Iraq to join the fighting in Syria and fueled bitter infighting among Islamic militant factions in Syria’s civil war. (AP Photo/Iraqi Interior Ministry, File)

For all his power and new-found notoriety, there are only two authenticated photos of a man some analysts now say is the world’s “most powerful jihadi leader.” Time Magazine has declared him the World’s Most Dangerous Man. Le Monde has called him “the new Bin Laden.” But still, even today, even afte...

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