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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of radical Sunni fighters who have made rapid military advances in Iraq, is the rising star of global jihad, driven, Islamist fighters say, by an unbending determination to fight for and establish a hardline Islamic state. (Reuters photo)

Who is Iraq’s Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi?

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WASHINGTON — Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the jihadist powerhouse that’s steamrolling across northwestern Iraq, remains a cypher despite his years in an American-run prison and the $10 million U.S. bounty on his head.

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