The IS figurehead is dead, but his horrific ideology lives on

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The IS figurehead is dead, but his horrific ideology lives on

The jihadists may already have lined up a successor to Baghdadi – an ex-Iraqi army officer nicknamed The Destroyer

Josie Ensor

The death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi came as a shock to his Islamic State followers yesterday, but not a surprise – they had been meticulously planning for his demise for some time.

A fearsome ideologue who tried to spark a war of civilisation between Islam and the West, a man who created the most brutal terrorist group in modern history and ordered the genocide of the Yazidi people, Baghdadi’s legacy will not be forgotten in a hurry.

But he spawned something much bigger that will probably outlive him...

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