Schrodinger’s al-Baghdadi


Schrodinger’s al-Baghdadi

A question that bothers everyone regarding the ongoing downfall of ISIS is what’s going on with the leader of the self-proclaimed caliphate under the nom de guerre Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The secretive figure behind the terrorist group was never too keen on public appearances: there is little in terms of photos, and he’s rumored to wear a mask when addressing his commanders. There is still only a single video of the man available, where he is filmed giving a sermon at a mosque in Mosul in 2014.

The fact of the matter is, no one knows where he is now or whether he is still alive. Most recently, an Iraqi official stated  that al-Baghdadi hides in desert border areas between Iraq and Syria. “Al-Baghdadi is not dead and still moving in the desert areas on the border between Iraq and Syria,” Spokesperson for the Joint Operations Command Brigadier General Yahya Rasool said on December 3. The US-led coalition stated on November 10 they have no “releasable information” concerning al-Baghdadi’s whereabouts.

There have been various reports saying different things regarding Baghdadi’s ultimate fate. There was a report by official Iraqi military claiming that it wounded the ISIS leader in an airstrike west of Baghdad in February. US officials and some of their Iraqi comrades in arms were skeptical, as Iraqi government previously claimed that al-Baghdadi had been wounded or killed multiple times. In June Russia claimed that it may have killed al-Baghdadi in one of the airstrikes near Raqqa on May 28. Turkey followed it up on on July 11 with an apprehensive report that he may have indeed been killed during those Russian airstrikes. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said they had “confirmed information” of al-Baghdadi’s death on the same day. Iraqi intelligence officials claimed he was still alive and hiding in Syria on July 16. Syrian ambassador to Moscow said on July 17 that he was alive, but wounded.  ISIS itself hurried to put all doubts regarding the state of their leader to rest by publishing an audio recording in late September, where he (or someone else with a similar voice) discusses the current dynamic between the US and North Korea.

This media blitz, with al-Baghdadi being simultaneously dead, alive, wounded and even almost captured, results in an opaque image of a person that barely exists, a Schrodinger’s Cat by way of media. Schrodinger’s al-Baghdadi.

This state of being both alive and dead at the same time is not limited to al-Baghdadi exclusively. Abu Muhammad al-Shimali, an ISIS commander believed to be linked to the 2015 Paris attacks was reported to be killed in September, but the US officials still consider him alive.

This, in a way, contributes to the nature of terror: making sure you can never be certain about anything. Traditional media unwittingly or deliberately fan the flames of terror without any concern for what they are doing. By incessantly reporting this way, they are doing ISIS’s job. They are filling the collective consciousness with phantoms draped in black robes, neither alive nor dead, but always present in the mind. Because of this their inevitable reappearance comes as no surprise. It is expected. The world of unconfirmed kills is a terrorist’s best friend in terms of media presence.



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  • Bill Azzi

    Baghdadi was captured two years ago by the Russians or one of the allies. This BS that he is still around and he is really an Iraqi washes with those who believe this crap. Baghdadi is an illusion created by intelligence agencies and is an actor that played a limited role to incite the rabble, poor bastards. There is really no driven leader just an actor that has since been captured.

    • Kira Binkley

      You feel safe and secure, knowing this, now don’t you? (That is my psychotherapist’s hat I’m wearing now.)
      His nom de guerre is “The Ghost” for a reason, don’t you know? They will never find him, until he is ready to be seen.

      • Serious

        I though his nickname was “The useful idiot”. XD.

        • Kira Binkley

          (People are interested, Ibram).

        • FlorianGeyer

          I heard his name was really Solomon Krupacek :)

  • Lav

    They’ll find him some day in 2034. in some sh.thole village in Pakistan, living with his goat, armed only with his pocketknife; the US special forces will then murder him, instead of capture him… then they’ll throw his body into the ocean, no photos, no evidence, nothing, and then the entire team will die in some horrible accident in Afghanistan (because that war will last till 2350.). Déjà Vu.

    • slayern2

      Something like that – fake attack on fake person: they probably keep him as a trophy for the next, “glorious”, democrat president …. and the real guy is who knows where (Tel Aviv or California most likely)

  • Serious

    Another proof that ISIS is a USA tool. No one care about this guy because he is useless.

  • eric zweistein

    SouthFront is still scared about al-Baghdadi?

    • Turbofan

      scared??? WTF

  • alejoeisabel

    The rumors state that he is an Iraqi Jew from Israel, and a Mossad operative. He is probably recovering in Israel having changed his appearance.

    • Vitex

      Even if he’s shaved his beard off the five o’clock shadow must be something. Sipping a beer in Haifa as we speak

  • Turbofan

    Love the title of the article..Just like the Higgs Boson he will be captured sometime..

    • Kira Binkley

      He won’t be captured; but the belligerents may eventually find out who and what he is.
      We’re keeping it a secret from El Trumpo.—KiraSeer

    • Kira Binkley

      It really means Baghdadi is neither an electron nor a wave. We can know only when we open the box, and our consciousnesses collapse the wave function.
      Right, Baghdadi?

    • Solomon Krupacek

      Baghdadi is like yeti. Everybody knows, he exists, but nobody see it. :)

      • Kira Binkley

        He is beginning to have influence on the world stage. Not a bad thing—-

  • Kira Binkley

    The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. El Trumpo is thoroughly confused and unable to make rational decisions.

  • Emmanuel Goldstein. His only value to the Globalist Elite is as a phantom boogeyman, therefore eliminating him would serve no purpose, unless to replace him with another version.

  • Starlight

    Who cares about the ‘Goldsteins’? Cut-outs, fakes, nutcases and psychos recruited as facemen for the Deep State. One goes down and the Deep State has another ten in waiting.

    Our side cannot win while it tries (and fails) to play the game according to the rules of the other side. Propaganda of this type is a STICKY TRAP for the mind- nonsense to get fools discussing something utterly irrelevant.

    Puppets are NOTHING. The puppet masters are the real deal. True sometimes a puppet like Trump may own so much real power, he is imperfectly controlled by his masters, and they have cause to worry about him going ‘rogue’. But such puppets are vanishigly rare. And the puppet masters can always dispose of an imperfect puppet if push comes to shove.

    In Syria and Iraq what matters is not the naive kids who think wahhabism is ‘real’, or the ex-Saddam people who happily head ISIS units in the name of ‘revenge’, not ‘religion’. What matters is the UK, USA, France, Israel, Iran and Russia. The Empire powers both global and regional who wield all the real power.

    Take a pride in NOT knowing or caring about the names or fates of the puppets. Think at a higher level. Today ISIS is a spent force in Syria, but Britain and Israel are not. The Russians draw the line at taking on the terror paymasters- so the ordinary people of Syria and Iraq will continue to be murdered in droves, and have their lives degraded and ruined.

    A few russian bombs on Israeli positions around the Golan Heights would end all the terror projects in the Middle East. Jews are fundamentally cowards, and if the scent of their own ruination hits their noses, they would suddenly do all in their power to bring peace to the region. Forcing the jews out of the racist murder game would start the whole row of dominoes falling- not for war but for anti-war. And before I even finish this message, the jews have launched their biggest series of strikes across Syria yet.

  • Vitex

    Like Osama Bin Laden, the Man Who Never Was.

  • Jetson Rover

    It was exactly the same with Osama Bin Laden.
    And then when it was deemed Al Qaeda wasn’t the main terrorist threat anymore but an emerging separate division in Iraq with new leaders,they finally ‘killed’ Bin Laden (he’d served his purpose as the elusive boogie man by then),and then promplty failed to show the world any photographic evidence and disposed of his body at sea making sure no one else but the US military themselves would ever know for sure if they really did get the man themselves or not.

  • John Trudgian

    Like Osama bin Laden, he is not dead until the President says so.

  • beh51

    Everyone knows Baghdadi exists , but does Bagdadhi know that he exists?

    • Kira Binkley


  • slayern2

    Still no real news about this asshole…