Washington Post and Squad Democrats to hold memorial service for stern Muslim religious leader and scholar al-Baghdadi
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 11, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Washington Post will join congressional Democrats, including Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), in honoring slain religious scholar Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at a memorial service. On Oct. 27, 2019, U.S. President Trump announced the death of al-Baghdadi, when he said the leader "died like a dog, he died like a coward. He was whimpering, screaming, and crying."
As news outlets learned about the terrorist leader’s death, the Washington Post published an obituary that labeled Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi an “austere religious scholar:” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar, at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48
Screenshots of this Washington Post obituary headline were widely shared on social media along with criticism of the news outlet. The headline is incorrect for at least three reasons: he was not austere, he was not a religious scholar, and there was no Islamic State.
Still, Omar supported al-Baghdadi as a freedom fighter, and said she was hoping that he might be able to join Iran and Hamas to take back Palestine from Israel, and bring back the Islamic Caliphate in the Middle East.
Tlaib said she and her congressional staff had a moment of silence to remember al-Baghdadi.
As the leader of ISIL, al-Baghdadi responsible for the genocide of Yazidis in Iraq, extensive sexual slavery, organized rape, floggings, and systematic executions.
He directed terrorist activities and massacres. He embraced brutality as part of the organization's propaganda efforts, producing videos displaying sexual slavery and executions via hacking, stoning, and burning; al-Baghdadi himself was a rapist who kept several personal sex slaves.
From 2011, a reward of US$10 million was offered for Baghdadi by the U.S. State Department, increasing to $25 million in 2017, for information or intelligence on his whereabouts to enable capture, dead or alive.
al-Baghdadi killed himself by detonating a suicide vest during the Barisha raid, conducted by the U.S. 75th Ranger Regiment and the U.S. Delta Force, in Syria's northwestern Idlib Province.
al-Baghdadi also killed two children when he exploded his vest and was buried at sea after being offered Islamic funeral rites.
Here are some other adjectives associated with being austere: severe, stark, stern, ascetic, spartan, abstemious, non indulgent, plain, and strict.
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