About Abu Bake al-Baghdadi
Abu Bake al-Baghdadi in ISIL activities
As Caliph of the Islamic State
On 29 June 2014, ISIL announced the establishment of a caliphate. Al-Baghdadi was named its caliph, to be known as Caliph Ibrahim, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was renamed the Islamic State (IS).There has been much debate especially across the Muslim world about the legitimacy of these moves.
On 5 July 2014, a video was released apparently showing al-Baghdadi making a speech at the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, northern Iraq. A representative of the Iraqi government denied that the video was of al-Baghdadi, calling it a "farce". However, both the BBC and the Associated Press quoted unnamed Iraqi officials as saying that the man in the video was believed to be al-Baghdadi.
In the video, al-Baghdadi declared himself the world leader of Muslims and called on Muslims everywhere to support him.