Abu Bakar Bashir
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"Abu Bakar Bashir"; born 17 August 1938) is an Indonesian Muslim cleric and leader of Jamaah Ansharut Tauhid.

He ran the Al-Mukmin Islamic school/Al-Mukmin boarding school in Ngruki, Central Java, which he co-founded with Abdullah Sungkar in 1972. He was in exile in Malaysia for 17 years during the secular Orde Baru/New Order administration of President of Indonesia/President Suharto resulting from various activities, including urging the implementation of Sharia law.

Intelligence agencies and the United Nations claim he is the spiritual head of Jemaah Islamiyah (also known as JI) and has links with Al-Qaeda. In August 2014, he publicly bay'at/pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and his declaration of a caliphate.

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