Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made his first public appearance in Mosul
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Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has become a target for several conspiracy theories of late.

Since the announcement of Islamic Caliphate in Iraq and Syria, several unproved theories have been doing the rounds. And recent speculations around the ISIS leader state that al-Baghdadi was born to Jewish parents in Israel. 

According to a report in Veterans Today, al-Baghdadi is a Jew and his real name is Elliot Shimon. It goes on to claim that the man is a Mossad trained operative, paid to pose as the ISIS leader. 

The conspiracy theory certainly seems to have been inspired from claims that al-Baghdadi was trained by Mossad.

Reports had appeared last month, claiming that evidence leaked by Edward Snowden found that the Islamic State leader was trained by Mossad, along with intelligence agencies of the US and the UK.

Several publications were quick to pick up the news, which seems to have been started by Gulf Daily News.

"Snowden said the intelligence services of three countries, namely the United States, Britain and the Zionist entity have worked together to create a terrorist organization that is able to attract all extremists of the world to a one place, using a strategy called 'the hornet's nest'," read their report.

But the authenticity of theory is debatable as the Snowden documents are understood to be safe with the Washington Post and the two journalists who first broke the story.

Snowden had told The New York Times in an interview that the NSA secrets are safe and that he had left all classified documents with the two journalists he met back in Hong Kong. 

al-Baghdadi Biography

While conspiracy theories around al-Baghdadi keep on growing, the ISIS leader still remains a mysterious figure to most people.

Based on information provided by the Islamic State supporters, the real name of ISIS leader is Abu Dua, Ibrahim bin Awad bin Ibrahim Al-Badri Al-Radawi Al-Husseini Al- Samarra'i.

al-Baghdadi  is a former teacher and holds a PhD. He is understood to be a good preacher and has extensive knowledge on Islamic culture and Sharia. He is reportedly married.