Islamic State: ‘New audio’ of chief Al-Baghdadi launched

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi speaks at Mosul's Great Mosque of al-Nuri on 5 July 2014 Symbol copyright AFP Image caption Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed the IS “caliphate” in Mosul’s al-Nuri mosque in July 2014

The Islamic State workforce (IS) has launched an audio message purporting to come back from its chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

In the message, the first seeing that September ultimate yr, the voice addresses IS supporters.

Although the audio is undated, it sounds as if to refer to recent events, together with the detention of a US pastor in Turkey.

IS has misplaced such a lot of the territory it once held across Syria and Iraq.

Last yr it was once compelled out of its former strongholds of Raqqa and Mosul, from where Baghdadi announced the established order of the crew’s “caliphate” in 2014.

“For the Mujahideen holy warriors the scale of victory or defeat is not dependant on a town or the city being stolen or subject to that who has aerial superiority, intercontinental missiles or good bombs,” Reuters quoted the brand new audio statement as saying.

Who is Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi?

Baghdadi, who has a $25m (£19m) US bounty on his head, has been stated killed or wounded on a host of occasions.

Earlier this year, his son was said to had been killed in a “commando operation” in the Syrian province of Homs, consistent with IS media.

Meanwhile, a UN report in advance this month warned that among 20,000 and 30,000 IS militants remain in the two international locations.

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