The Crisis In The Middle East

Operation Kayla Mueller (Barisha Raid)


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Operation Kayla Mueller (Barisha Raid)

Mains level : Counter terrorsism measures

Operation Kayla Mueller

  • The stealth operation that claimed the life of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was named after 26-year-old Kayla Mueller.
  • She was an American who was kidnapped and killed by the extremist group in 2015.
  • According to U.S. officials, including President Trump, Baghdadi killed himself when he detonated a suicide belt.

Who was Baghdadi?

  • Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (1971 – 2019) was the leader of the Islamic State (ISIS) militant terrorist organisation.
  • In 2014, the ISIS announced the establishment of a worldwide caliphate.
  • Al-Baghdadi was named its caliph, to be known as “Caliph Ibrahim”.
  • He was designated by the United States Department of State as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.
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