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ISIS chief Baghdadi named runner-up for Time’s ‘person of the year’

A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has made what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre of Iraq's second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on July 5, 2014, in this still image taken from video. There had previously been reports on social media that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi would make his first public appearance since his Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) changed its name to the Islamic State and declared him caliph. The Iraqi government denied that the video, which carried Friday's date, was credible. It was also not possible to immediately confirm the authenticity of the recording or the date when it was made. REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO, WHICH HAS BEEN OBTAINED FROM A SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE - RTR3X9BH

New York: ISIS terror group’s chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been named as one of the runners up for Time’s ‘Person of the year’.

The magazine has named German chancellor Angela Merkel as ‘Person of the year 2015’.

The magazine hailed Merkel’s leadership for navigating debt and asylum seeker crises that threatened to tear the European Union apart, ABC News reported.

Among other runners up were Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, America’s Black Lives Matter activists campaigning against inequality and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani.

Time’s international editor Brian Walsh said that Merkel held together the European Monetary Union in early 2015 while dealing with the Greek crisis.

Meanwhile, Trump took to Twitter to disapprove of the magazine’s choice for the person of the year, saying, “”I told you @TIME Magazine would never pick me as person of the year despite being the big favorite They picked person who is ruining Germany.”

He did seem unimpressed about being passed over for the German chancellor. (ANI)