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American commando raid to kill al-Baghdadi was launched from al-Asad Air Base, rehearsals conducted in Erbil
The American commando raid that bagged Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was launched from the sprawling al-Asad airbase in Anbar province Iraq, according to a source on the ground with direct knowledge of the operation.
By Shawn Snow and Howard Altman
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Islamic State leader al-Baghdadi leaves a legacy of terror
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi sought to establish an Islamic “caliphate” across Syria and Iraq, but he might be remembered more as the ruthlessly calculating leader of the Islamic State group who brought terror to the heart of Europe and set up a short-lived organization so extreme that it was shunned even by al-Qaida.
Baghdadi outlines path forward for Islamic State post-caliphate
No longer burdened by territory and administration, Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi outlined the new path forward for his group: Widen your reach, connect with far-flung militant groups and exhaust your enemies with a “war of attrition.”
By Jon Gambrell, The Associated Press