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Washington Post glorifies ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in its obituary, changes headline after public backlash

ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed himself by detonating a suicide vest following a raid by the US troops in Idlib where he was hiding.

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Washington Post in its obituary to ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who killed himself after he detonated his suicide vest during a raid by US forces, tried to glorify the dreaded terrorist. The headline of the Washington Post obituary referred to Baghdadi as an ‘austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State’ as if Baghdadi being an ‘austere religious scholar’ was his primary identity.

Washington Post headline of ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s obituary

Amusingly, their original headline appeared to describe al-Baghdadi as ‘terrorist-in-chief’.

For some reason, Washington Post then decided to whitewash al-Baghdadi and refer to him as ‘austere religious scholar’.

However, following public backlash, Washington Post changed its headline.

Changed headline of Washington Post on Baghdadi’s obituary

Washington Post went from describing ISIS chief as ‘austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State’ to ‘extremist leader of Islamic State’. Washington Post’s VP Communications, Kristine Coratti Kelly, took to Twitter to explain that the Washington Post headline for al-Baghdadi obituary ‘should have never read that way’.

She said that the headline was changed ‘quickly’. However, netizens were quick to point out how Washington Post would have otherwise whitewashed other criminals who are responsible for the death of thousands, if not millions.

However, the obituary itself is a little problematic as it normalises and humanises the the dreaded terrorist by describing him as a shy young boy who liked soccer.

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Soon, twitterati started using the hashtag #WaPoDeathNotices to mock Washington Post for glorifying ISIS chief.

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Meanwhile, Washington Post is not the only publication that has emerged as one of the biggest ISIS sympathisers. Bloomberg, too, glorified al-Baghdadi by describing him as he was someone who came from a small village and then achieved great success against all odds.

On Sunday, 27th October, US President Donald Trump tweeted that ‘something very big has just happened’. The speculations were put to rest when later reports emerged that ISIS head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had killed himself by detonating a suicide vest during a raid by the US.


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