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Army University Press

The Death of ISIS

POSTED November 7, 2019

The leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, committed suicide on October 26th, 2019 during an American raid of his camp. He lead the terrorist organization ISIS in Iraq, and was thought to be responsible for the 2016 bombings in the Brussels, Belgium airport. 


Baghdadi and his followers carried out many terrorist attacks over the years. Most of these attacks were based out of Iraq however there is record of incidents in many different countries. 


  • October, 2016 in the United States newly converted ISIS supporter attacked police officers with a hatchet.
  • June, 2015 in France a French born Islamic beheaded his boss.
  • December, 2015 in Syria there was a bombings of their militia hospitals.


There is a long list of attacks that have been linked to one man, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. 

What does this mean for ISIS? “The issue is that ISIS became so interwoven with this man through this ritual of having their fighters declare allegiance to him and to him alone” stated Rukmini Callimachi, a journalist for the New York Times. Everywhere around the world this death has been considered a victory; however, many people do express their concern about what ISIS might attempt next.

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