And Its Leader as ‘Emir al-Momineen’
ISIL spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani announced in an audio statement posted on the Internet that the 7th-century Islamic caliphate has been restored, and ISIL will simply be known as the Islamic State. The group also declared that its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and Iraqi, will be the new “Emir al-Momineen,” (Commander or Leader of the Faith), and all Muslims worldwide will be required to pay allegiance to him. The title is meant to endow al-Baghdadi with the legacy of the leadership of Prophet Mohammad, the founder of Islam.
The “Islamic State” also announced on Sunday that it had repelled a massive Iraqi military counteroffensive against the city of Tikrit, which fell under its control on 11 June as its militants swept large parts of northern Iraq.
Photo: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIL, which declared him the new “Emir al-Momineen.” (BBC)