On the leader of ISIS: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi revels in his position ‘as the world’s top terrorist, who sees himself as a successor to Osama bin Laden. Once you remove the mystique and grandeur, the ‘caliph’ turns out to be a rather ordinary man who saw his opportunity and took it. He is no different from the hundreds of other Iraqis who attempted to destroy the new Iraq. He could have ended up as a faceless terrorist or a violent criminal. And now he finds himself the center of the world’s attention.