Politics ISIS' Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi leaves a legacy of terror Updated : October 29, 2019 07:34 AM IST Al-Baghdadi was born as Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarrai sometime in 1971 in Samarra, Iraq, about 95 kilometers (60 miles) north of Baghdad. The chaos of the uprising against President Bashar Assad in Syria provided an opportunity to expand his influence. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.