The Abu Omar al-Baghdadi Backgrounder
Thought I’d make it easier for new visitors to the blog clicking forward from this piece in tomorrow's New York Times on al-Baghdadi by gathering together all the relevant links. I’ve been hard on the reporting of the NYTimes on Iraq, but since this story by Campbell Robertson quotes me then all I can say is that it’s perfect.
The alleged ‘al-Baghdadi’ capture (in chronological order): here, here, here, here, here, here, here.
Why I think al-Baghdadi is the new designated caliph of Islam, here (published July 2008, PDF file).
Baghdadi’s speeches: His seventeenth speech, excerpts from which were first heard on Al-Jazeera on May 22, was only posted in full today on the Al-Faloja jihadist forum. It is titled 'The Aqsa [Mosque] Between the Falaciousness of the Christians and the Malice of the Jews'. The speech itself runs for about 30 minutes. It is directed primarily against the Pope's visit to the Middle East, and in it he calls President Barack Obama a "black slave who apostacized from Islam". He also mentions the fighting in the Swat Valley.
First speech: December 22, 2006
Second speech: February 2, 2007
Third speech: March 14, 2007
Fourth speech: April 16, 2007
Fifth speech: July 9, 2007
Sixth speech: September 15, 2007
Seventh speech: (don’t have the date)
Eighth speech: December 28, 2007
Ninth speech: February 14, 2008
Tenth speech: April 13, 2008
Eleventh speech: September 9, 2008
Twelfth speech: September 24, 2008
Thirteenth speech: November 7, 2008
Fourteenth: about the war in Gaza, January 2009
Fifteenth speech: March 17, 2009
Sixteenth speech: May 12, 2009