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The Life and Death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi


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After a five-year international manhunt, the leader of the Islamic State, who at one point controlled a caliphate the size of Britain, was killed in a raid by elite United States forces in Syria over the weekend.

Today, we explore the life and death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — and the legacy he leaves behind.

Rukmini Callimachi contributed reporting.

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