6,868. 10/15/2006

In October 2006, “four months after his [al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s] death AQI changed its name to the Islamic State of Iraq and appointed an Iraqi, Abdullah Rashid al-Baghdadi, to be its nominal boss. But with the death of Zarqawi, AQI no longer had a charismatic leader.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Peter Bergen, The Longest War, Page 270

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