The Washington Post is facing a severe backlash this week after the national newspaper labeled ISIS mastermind Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi an “austere religious scholar” after US troops launched a raid in northern Syria that led to his death.
“President Donald Trump announced Sunday morning that al-Baghdadi was killed when he detonated a vest he was wearing after being cornered by U.S. forces on Saturday evening,” reports USA Today. “The Post article says that when al-Baghdadi first rose as a leader of ISIS, he was a relatively unheard of ‘austere religious scholar with wire-frame glasses and no known aptitude for fighting and killing.’”
The Post’s original headline after the news of al-Baghdadi’s death read “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48.”
The newspaper eventually altered the title to “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, extremist leader of Islamic State, dies at 48.”
“Regarding our al-Baghdadi obituary, the headline should never have read that way and we changed it quickly,” posted a spokesperson for the newspaper on social media.
Regarding our al-Baghdadi obituary, the headline should never have read that way and we changed it quickly.
— Kristine Coratti Kelly (@kriscoratti) October 27, 2019
“Every day The Washington Post uses harsher words against @realDonaldTrump than they do in writing about one of the world’s most evil terrorists. Yet we’re supposed to take them at face value. Let that sink in,” wrote GOP Rep. Steve Scalise on Twitter.
Every day The Washington Post uses harsher words against @realDonaldTrump than they do in writing about one of the world’s most evil terrorists. Yet we’re supposed to take them at face value. Let that sink in. pic.twitter.com/iIWVqI4N8B
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) October 27, 2019
Read the full report at USA Today.
BREAKING: Intel Group Says ISIS Leader al-Baghdadi Photographed for the First Time in 5 YEARS
Underground ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reportedly seen in a recent photograph for the first time since 2014; taking part in a new video released by the Islamic State’s propaganda wing following the fall of their caliphate throughout Syria.
“Rumors of al-Baghdadi’s death have persisted as ISIS militants who have surrendered to U.S.-backed coalition forces, believed their ideological leader abandoned their cause,” reports Fox News. “Baghdadi also suffers from diabetes, high blood pressure and injuries sustained during an airstrike years ago.”
2) The video shows Baghdadi in a casual conversational setting with others (their faces blurred). He talks about war against "Crusaders" and about battles in #Baghouz #Syria being over, indicating that this interview was filmed somewhat recently. pic.twitter.com/BPqLP8QWSU
— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) April 29, 2019
The United States is currently offering a $25 million reward for any information that could help authorities identify and capture the global terror leader.
Read the full report at Fox News.
HE’S BACK: ISIS Leader RE-EMERGES with First Audio Message in 12 Months
The self-appointed leader of the Islamic State terrorist organization resurfaced Wednesday; releasing a new audio recording for the first time in nearly a year that urged ISIS militants all over the world to “continue fighting” the United States and its allies.
The hour-long tape, titled “Give Glad Tidings to the Patient” was allegedly recorded by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and released by al-Furqan Foundation, the network’s media arm and propaganda center.
“The whereabouts of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the question of whether he is alive have been a continuing source of mystery and confusion. The group has lost around 90 percent of lands it once controlled in Iraq and Syria, where the group declared a caliphate in June 2014,” writes the New York Post.
In the 54-minute long rant, the terror leader congratulated those who have successfully carried out attacks across the globe; adding “America is going through the worse time in its entire existence”
Al-Baghdadi’s last recording was released in September 2017.
Read the full story at the NY Post.