ISIS LEADER. An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on July 5, 2014 by al-Furqan Media allegedly shows the leader of the Islamic State jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aka Caliph Ibrahim, adressing Muslim worshippers at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Handout photo by al-Furqan Media/AFP The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it had information from top ISIS leaders confirming Baghdadi’s death
BEIRUT, Lebanon (Jul. 11, 2017) — Islamic State group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reported dead on Tuesday, July 11, a day after Iraq declared it had driven the jihadists from their one-time biggest stronghold of Mosul.
Continue reading ISIS chief reported dead after jihadists lose Mosul DESTROYED. This aerial view taken on June 21, 2017 and provided by Iraq’s Joint Operation Command reportedly shows destruction inside Mosul’s Nuri mosque compound. Joint Operation Command / Handout / AFP The destruction of two of Mosul’s best-known landmarks comes on the fourth day of an Iraqi offensive backed by the US-led coalition to take the Old City
BAGHDAD, Iraq (Jun. 22, 2014) — Jihadists on Wednesday, June 21, blew up Mosul’s iconic leaning minaret and the adjacent mosque where their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2014 declared himself “caliph” in his only public appearance, Iraqi officials said.
Continue reading ISIS blows up Mosul mosque where Baghdadi became ‘caliph’ BLACK FLAG. A Boko Haram flag flutters from an abandoned command post in Gamboru deserted after Chadian troops chased them from the border town. Photo by Stephanie Yas/AFP Some security consultants predict Boko Haram in Nigeria could this year be reduced to a largely criminal, regional threat
LAGOS, Nigeria (Mar. 7, 2016) — When Boko Haram pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) last year, there were fears the deadly insurgency in northeast Nigeria would take on an international dimension.
Continue reading Little to show for in Boko Haram-ISIS partnership