Last time we created a monster, we learned that his name was bin Laden. Since we’re so quick to learn from those mistakes, we doubled down and created another. His name is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. You might know him as the head of ISIS. Yup. We made that one, too.
From The New York Times:
When American forces raided a home near Falluja during the turbulent 2004 offensive against the Iraqi Sunni insurgency, they got the hard-core militants they had been looking for. They also picked up an apparent hanger-on, an Iraqi man in his early 30s whom they knew nothing about.
The Americans duly registered his name as they processed him and the others at the Camp Bucca detention center: Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim al-Badry.
That once-peripheral figure has become known to the world now as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-appointed caliph of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and the architect of its violent campaign to redraw the map of the Middle East.