Birth: 22 May 1979 (Age: 38)
Source of Influence: Extremists
Status: Featured in current year
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the leader of DA’ISH. He is the self-proclaimed Caliph of the Muslims, something denied and derided by virtually all Muslims. His appearance as leader along with the rapid gains of DA’ISH in Syria and Iraq have been largely unexpected, and his backers are still unknown. DA’ISH has been responsible for numerous massacres and atrocities. While they have spared none who disagree with them, their attacks on religious minorities have received particular media attention. There are no confirmed reports of his background, but some reports say that Al-Baghdadi was born near Samarra, Iraq, and holds a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Islamic Sciences in the Baghdad suburb of Adhamiya. Reports from 2015 indicate that Al-Baghdadi may be injured to the point of incapacitation or even dead, but nothing has been confirmed.