How to make ISIS leader's death bigger than Osama's

When US President Donald Trump announced the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi following a raid in north-western Syria, he made sure to take the opportunity to one-up his predecessor: Baghdadi's death, he said, was bigger than Osama bin Laden's.

Baghdadi was "the biggest there is", he said, "the worst ever".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 30, 2019, with the headline 'How to make ISIS leader's death bigger than Osama's'. Print Edition | Subscribe