PressTV: Who is Abu Bakr al-Baghdad, by Kevin Barrett

July 14, 2014

2012: What's the 'real' truth?

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the terrorist group ISIL (file photo)Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the terrorist group ISIL (file photo)

Mon Jul 14, 2014 3:28AM GMT

By Kevin Barrett 

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The largely unknown leader of the Takfiri terrorist group ISIL has declared himself “caliph” of Islam and rightful ruler of the world’s nearly two billion Muslims.

Al-Baghdadi’s declaration was met with a barrage of ridicule. Observers pointed out that al-Baghdadi declared himself Caliph while wearing a Rolex wristwatch – a symbol of enslavement to Western materialist consumer culture.

Muslim scholarly authorities – even those deluded enough to support the “Syrian rebels” – have unanimously repudiated Baghdadi’s bogus caliphate. Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the best-known pro-Syrian-rebels TV scholar, dismissively rejected Baghdadi’s claim. Rachid Ghannouchi, the leader of Tunisia’s Al-Nahda Party, called Baghdadi’s self-promotion “reckless,” “deceptive,” and “ridiculous.” The most important group working to restore the caliphate, Hizb-ut-Tahrir…

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