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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi arrogant appearance can be costly

Known under several alias names that point historically to his origin, the self-appointed caliph king has squared his face in the sites of all who want to target him. An Associate Press report published by Fox News and others reports that the ISIS leader is preaching to his choir.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi making public appearances
James George

Before and during his speech, the cell network went dead. Instead of tracing calls, those intent on finding him might begin to track the dead zones too. One way or another, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is being sought with all the fury his enemies might muster.

Yet, as the world has experienced before with al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, one man a terrorist organization does not make. The ISIL has evolved into something larger and even more fearsome.

Under this leader, the ISIL is an international terrorist organization that has taken jihad to the Middle East in multiple nations. The free world seems to be slow in comprehending the necessity to address the problem. A solution must include the following elements:

  1. Multinational coalition that carefully and deliberately includes Middle East moderate Muslim nations
  2. A core message and purpose from the coalition that not only addresses regional security from a military viewpoint but also attends the necessity for sustainable economies
  3. A renewed sense of urgency to fight and to eliminate the ISIL and any other radicalized Islamic terrorist organization everywhere they exist
  4. In recognition of these three points, the fourth is that the coalition must be addressed in the same fashion as NATO, or even with NATO as a formal organizing stakeholder

While the U.S. is always a key participant, coalition members today may well question America’s capacity to lead. With continuing dysfunction in the American government, they may not be a sufficiently stable partner to provide dependable leadership.

That is a question for the U.S. Congress and President to answer. If not the U.S., who else can lead?

“Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarrai (Arabic: ابراهيم عواد ابراهيم علي البدري السامرائي‎), formerly also known as Dr. Ibrahim and Abu Dua(أبو دعاء),[4] most commonly known by the nom de guerre Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (أبو بكر البغدادي)[5] and now as Caliph Ibrahim,[6] (الخليفة إبراهيم) is the Caliph—head of state and theocratic absolute monarch—of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (Arabic: الدولة الإسلامية‎) located in western Iraq and north-eastern Syria, and the former leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), alternatively translated as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).[7]”

“Video purportedly shows ISIS leader delivering sermon in Iraq
Published July 05, 2014
Associated Press

July 5, 2014: A video image on a militant website purporting to show Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at a mosque in Iraq.AP

BAGHDAD – A video posted online Saturday purports to show the leader of the Islamic States of Iraq and Syria/Levant extremist group that has overrun much of Syria and Iraq delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq, in what would be a rare -- if not the first -- public appearance by the shadowy militant.

The video was released on at least two websites known to be used by the group, but it was not possible to independently verify whether the person shown was indeed the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. It bore the logo of al-Furqan, the group's media arm.

Through brute force and guile, the Islamic State group has seized control of a vast swath of land straddling Syria and Iraq, and has declared the establishment of an Islamic state, or caliphate, in those territories. It proclaimed al-Baghdadi the leader of its state and demanded that all Muslims pledge allegiance to him.

"The mujahedeen have been rewarded victory by God after years of jihad, and they were able to achieve their aim and hurried to announce the caliphate and choose the Imam," he says in the video, referring to the leader.

"It is a burden to accept this responsibility to be in charge of you," he adds. "I am not better than you or more virtuous than you. If you see me on the right path, help me. If you see me on the wrong path, advise me and halt me. And obey me as far as I obey God."

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