ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ Shortlist
The leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is one of the top names on Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” list along with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, and others.
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U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, the Democratic presidential candidate, won the Time reader’s poll on Monday night, but he’s not on the short list.
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“Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who as leader of ISIS has inspired followers to both fight in his self-declared caliphate of Iraq and Syria, and also stage attacks in countries like Tunisia and France,” Today’s editors said, referring to the Time magazine list. His name came first as the list is done in alphabetical order.
Last year, the magazine voted al-Baghdadi as the world’s “most dangerous man.”
For the Person of the Year list, Time looks for the “person who most affected the news, for better or worse.”
The publication adds that it’s “not an honor, adding it’s “recognition of a person’s impact on the world.”
For example, Time named Nazi Germany dictator Adolf Hitler as Person of the Year, which used to be called Man of the Year, in 1938. Russian dictator Joseph Stalin was named Man of the Year twice: once in 1939 and again in 1942.
Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini was also handed the title in 1979.
The first Person of the Year award was handed to Charles Lindbergh, the first person to fly a plane solo non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean, from New York City to Paris.
Last year, the “Ebola fighters” were named Persons of the Year by the magazine. Pope Francis was selected in 2013.
The person or group named as the 2015 Person of the Year cover will be announced on “Today” on Wednesday, December 9, 2015.
It comes just a few days after one of the suspects in the San Bernardino, Calif., massacre that left 14 people dead pledged allegiance to the ISIS, or Islamic State, leader.
Tashfeen Malik, one of the suspects, pledged allegiance to al-Baghdadi on Facebook “just before the attack” took place last week. Facebook took down the post after the shooting occurred, NBC News reported.