A comment by Rainer Rupp.
If you believe US President Trump and the US military, the infamous ISIS chief terrorist is now dead for the fifth or sixth time. Every time after the earlier reports about his death, the proverb of the „dead who live longer“ was kept.
The first time al-Baghdadi had been declared dead was in 2010, when on April 19, Reuters news agency reported, citing a statement by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, that „the leader of Al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, and the alleged head of the local branch of the Islamic State of Iraq, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, had been found dead in a hole in the basement of a house after it was surrounded and stormed by troops“.
But the US army immediately claimed its share of this apparent success. According to the New York Times (1), immediately after Prime Minister Maliki’s press conference the American military issued a statement confirming that al-Baghdadi had been killed in a joint attack by Iraqi and American forces in a house near Tikrit (2)
This incident was quickly forgotten after al Baghdadi, an extremely brutal but brilliant leader of the Islamic state, had conquered large parts of Sunni Iraq and the bordering Syrian-Arab regions some time later. Then, on June 29, 2014, a spokesman for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) announced that the group would henceforth operate under the name „Islamic State“ (IS). He declared the „IS“ a caliphate and Baghdadi its ruler. Thus Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi became the „Caliph Ibrahim“. The title „Caliph“ made him a direct successor of the Prophet Mohammed.
Then, at the beginning of September, based on official Iraqi government reports, the news of the death of „Caliph“ al-Baghdadi, together with photos of his body, went around the world again, only to be denied by the US a few days later on September 8, 2014. It may have been in Washington’s interest at that time not to declare al-Baghdadi dead but to keep him alive, as it was only in this way that the return of US combat troops to Iraq was made possible.
Previously, in 2011,