Why isn’t Barack Hussein Obama being held accountable for releasing the ISIS mastermind from a U.S. prison in Iraq?

isisAl-Qaeda affiliated ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria) was started by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most-wanted terrorist in Iraq who waged a bloody campaign of beheadings and suicide bombings, and was killed when U.S. warplanes dropped 500-pound bombs on his safe house. It is now being run by his successor, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, released from a U.S. prison in Iraq in 2009, telling guards, “I’ll see you in New York.”

NBC  Baghdadi — which is not his birth name — uses a host of aliases. U.S. Rewards for Justice Program has offered $10 million for his capture — a bounty second only to the reward for Ayman al-Zawahiri, chief of al Qaeda’s global network. 


Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, head of the ruthless Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, oversees thousands of fighters in his quest to create a Sunni Islamic caliphate straddling the border of Iraq and Syria. Soon after being released from the Iraqi prison, Baghdadi rose through the ranks of the Islamic State of Iraq, the successor to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s al Qaeda in Iraq. When the organization’s two leaders were killed in 2010, Baghdadi stepped into the void.

When the fighting in Syria intensified in the summer of 2011, Baghdadi saw an opportunity and opened a branch there and changed the name of his group to ISIS. He took over oil fields, giving him access to “riches beyond his wildest dreams,” Skinner said. ISIS reportedly controls tens of millions to $2 billion in total assets — built through criminal activities like smuggling and extortion, according to the State Department — but Baghdadi’s ambitions have more to do with borders than bank accounts.


In a June 2013 audio recording, he vowed to erase Iraq’s “Western-imposed border with Syria” and called on his followers to “tear apart” the governments in both countries. Now, as ISIS consolidates its hold on the areas it has seized in Iraq and has moved within 60 miles of Baghdad, the world is waiting for Baghdadi’s next move.

IBT  As ISIS attempts to carve out a caliphate in the Middle East, the terror group has other ambitions: attacking the United States, according to threats and alleged warnings made by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Al-Baghdadi’s rhetoric doesn’t usually slam the West to the extent that the late al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden did, but the shadowy figure gave a direct message to Americans in a “rare audio statement” while addressing ISIS fighters in January, according to congressional testimony in February from Brett McGurk, the deputy assistant secretary of state for Iran and Iraq. “Soon we’ll be in direct confrontation,” al-Baghdadi said. “So watch out for us, for we are with you, watching.”

While al-Baghdadi hasn’t mentioned the United Kingdom, ISIS has as many as 450 British-born fighters who may attack the U.K.