Washington Post mocked for calling ISIS arch-terrorist ‘austere religious scholar’

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Martinez Monsivais AP

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.

"The death of al-Baghdadi is a great victory for the safety of our country and the safety of our allies and partners overseas", said New York Senator Chuck Schumer.

According to Newsweek, Qardash is known as a cruel but popular figure among ISIS rank-and-file.

Later, Trump confirmed that Baghdadi blew his suicide vest after being cornered by USA forces.

Lynn Cheney, daughter of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, tweeted that The Washington Post was "trying desperately to hold on to #ISIS on-line subscribers".

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The headline was quickly changed, but critics say it sugar coated the terror inflicted by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The Washington Post on Sunday changed the headline of its obituary for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the ISIS terror leader who was killed in a US raid in Syria over the weekend, after receiving widespread backlash for referring to him as an "austere religious scholar".

When the newspaper tweeted out the obituary, the tweet called al-Baghdadi 'Islamic State's "terrorist-in-chief"'.

"Dead at 48"? No-he was cornered by the greatest toughest best military heroes on earth!", Hannity expounded, adding, "How about we killed the evil SOB."

The newspaper amended its headline to call him an "extremist leader". Warrick writes that Baghdadi's acquaintances remembered him as a "shy, nearsighted youth who liked soccer but preferred to spend his free time at the local mosque".

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Obituaries of the terrorist, said to be responsible for deaths of thousands of people, appeared on all publications' websites.

"Religious scholar" was the Post's second version of its headline.

On Oct. 27, 2019, U.S. President Trump announced the death of Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Boot's column would not be the only controversial piece to come out of the Post in recent days. "Unfortunately, a headline written in haste to portray the origins of al-Baghdadi and ISIS didn't communicate that brutality".

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