At this point, the broad details of the biography of the Islamic State's first caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi are well-known. It is established, for example, that he was born in the area of Samarra' and that he was imprisoned by the Americans in 2004, being released by the end of that year. On the other hand, many other details regarding his jihadist career are more obscure. Recently, the same series of pro-Islamic State biographies of prominent but obscure Iraqi figures in the group, which also publicised unofficial biographies of Abu Bakr's successors Abu Ibrahim and Abu al-Hasan, has released a biography of Abu Bakr, marking the last in the series. It is translated below with annotations. The biography provides some interesting details particularly with regards to his career in the Islamic State of Iraq prior to his becoming head of the group in 2010, and also paints an image of him as a caliph who, far from being distant and absent from his followers, actively participated in battles and was wounded.
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