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
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...