Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

US releases footage, provides more detail on al-Baghdadi raid

General who oversaw operation explains weekend raid targeting ISIL leader as Pentagon releases short snippets of video.

US releases footage, provides more detail on al-Baghdadi raid

ISIS/ISIL

Trump says al-Baghdadi's 'number one replacement' is dead

Without giving a name, Trump says the individual expected to replace al-Baghdadi as ISIL's leader has been killed.

Trump says al-Baghdadi's 'number one replacement' is dead

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

SDF: Al-Baghdadi's underwear stolen and DNA tested before US raid

ISIL leader was about to relocate to the Syrian town of Jarablus when the US commando operation earmarked him.

SDF: Al-Baghdadi's underwear stolen and DNA tested before US raid

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

World reacts to death of ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Al-Baghdadi reportedly killed himself after running into a dead-end tunnel during a US military raid in northwest Syria.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

With Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi gone, what next for ISIL?

ISIL chief is dead but threat of his group remains, leaders and analysts warn, as speculation over next leader begins.

With Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi gone, what next for ISIL?

Opinion

The day after al-Baghdadi's death

By declaring a caliphate, al-Baghdadi has given his followers something tangible to fight for even after his death.

Ibrahim Al-Marashi

by Ibrahim Al-Marashi

Ibrahim Al-Marashi

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Family of slain ISIL hostage 'touched' by US operation

President Trump says military operation that killed ISIL leader al-Baghdadi was dedicated to aid worker Kayla Mueller.

Family of slain ISIL hostage 'touched' by US operation

Inside Story

Will ISIL outlive its leader?

Donald Trump says Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi blew himself up during raid by US Special Forces in Syria's Idlib.

Will ISIL outlive its leader?

Middle East

ISIL chief al-Baghdadi dead, confirms Trump

The US president says al-Baghdadi killed himself by exploding a suicide vest during the US raid in Syria's Idlib.

ISIL chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed in Syria, confirms Trump

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Who was ISIL's self-proclaimed leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi?

Born Ibrahim Awad al-Samarrai near the Iraqi capital Baghdad, ISIL's self-proclaimed 'caliph' killed in US raid aged 48.

Who was ISIL's self-proclaimed leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi?

Middle East

ISIL leader targeted: US forces raid house in northern Syria

There have been questions about al-Baghdadi’s grip on power and reports of dissent within the group’s leadership.

ISIL leader targeted: US forces raid house in northern Syria

Middle East

US targets ISIL leader al-Baghdadi: US officials

Unclear if al-Baghdadi was killed; President Trump to make 'major statement' at 13:00 GMT on Sunday.

US targeted ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: US officials

The Listening Post

Does Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's reappearance mean an ISIL rebirth?

ISIL's media output has always been central to the movement, but as times have changed, so too has its media message.

The Listening Post

Video evidence: The return of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

The video showing the ISIL leader that sparked a thousand headlines. Plus, journalism gets the reality TV treatment.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

ISIL chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appears in propaganda video

Unclear when footage was filmed but Baghdadi purportedly refers to Sri Lanka attacks and fight for Syria's Baghouz.