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For the Record': How Has the Islamic State Done What Al Qaeda Never Could Accomplish?


Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, has accomplished something that other terror leaders such as Osama bin Laden and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi never did: He has declared a caliphate.

In February 2004, Baghdadi was detained by American forces in Iraq. However, he was considered a low-level operative and was released in December. Ten years later, the caliphate was declared, and Baghdadi took the name “Caliph Ibrahim” and became the leader — a position that experts say bin Laden could never have attained.

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