46 years old, revealed himself for the first time in a video released on the Internet on July 5, 2014. At the Al Nuri mosque in Mosul (ISIS blew it up in 2017) he announced the birth of the ‘Caliphate’, His organisation was quickly gaining new territories in Iraq and Syria back then.
Forty one minutes of audio material published on September 28, 2017 was the first Caliph’s appearance after nearly a year. Information about his supposed death was announced many times before. In the aforementioned material Al-Baghdadi calls to attack Western media and continue jihad against the crusaders from the West, without whom local forces would not have been able to cope with ISIS.