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Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan – The Caliph of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS/ISIL), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has gained considerable popularity among extremist Muslims around the world, especially with the al-Qaeda offshoot group’s control of large areas in Syria and Iraq.
According to sources close to the leader of the recently announced Caliphate, Al-Baghdadi’s real name is Ibrahim al-Badri, who was born and grew up in Diyala province in eastern Iraq. He was first involved in Jihad by joining the Jordanian Islamist and former al-Qaeda leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
However, the growing power of IS in northern Iraq was apparently backed by several members of the Iraqi Parliament. Al-Baghdadi’s Caliphate was not a result of chaos, but well-planned by some Iraqi politicians.
According to sources in the Iraqi Parliament, at least 24 MPs are involved in supporting the Islamic State’s (IS) militant fighters, both logistically and strategically.
Al-Baghdadi is reportedly surrounded by 24 Iraqi middle-aged MPs, who keep IS up to date with the plans of the Iraqi forces, besides providing financial support to the Caliphate.
The Iraqi MPs who currently back IS (ISIS/ISIL) have spent time in custody during the American invasion in Iraq.
On the other hand, dozens of Sunni military officers, who used to fight in the ranks of the Iraqi army during the rule of Saddam Hussein, have joined IS. Those highly qualified officers are mainly responsible for strategic plans for any military operation by IS militant fighters, according to a dissident member of IS who talked to ARA News on condition of staying anonymous.
The dissident IS fighter, who is currently based in Turkey, said that the power of the group stems from the way its militants are organized.
“This is no more a militia fighting on the basis of limited sources as guerrilla rebels; every operation is well-organized and planned by highly qualified Iraqi officers,” he told ARA News.
Reporting by: Payman Ali
Source: ARA News