CAIRO — The Islamic State group on Thursday launched what it stated was a brand new audio recording of its prime chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, by which he vows to proceed preventing and lavishes reward on his jihadis regardless of their lack of the northern Iraqi metropolis of Mosul.
Mosul was liberated from IS extremist in July after a months-lengthy operation by Iraqi forces, backed by U.S.-led coalition.
The recording by al-Baghdadi was launched by the IS-run al-Furqan outlet. The voice within the over forty six-minute-lengthy audio sounded very similar to earlier recordings of the reclusive IS chief, who has solely appeared in public as soon as.
The final earlier purported message from al-Baghdadi was launched in November, additionally an audio recording.
A lot controversy surrounds the shadowy cleric who has been operating IS because the terror group emerged from al-Qaida in Iraq.
Russian officers stated in June there was a “excessive chance” that al-Baghdadi had died in a Russian airstrike on the outskirts of the Syrian metropolis of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the extremist group. However U.S. officers later stated they believed he was nonetheless alive.
IS has suffered quite a lot of main setbacks in Iraq and Syria in current months. On the peak of its territorial good points, IS managed a few third of each Syria and Iraq.
“This predicament is a beneficiant present from God,” he advised his followers.
In Thursday’s recording, al-Baghdadi sought to console his followers over their current defeats, saying the highest precedence for Muslims is to “fulfill” God.
“Victory towards their enemies and the enemy of God comes subsequent,” he stated, and lauded what he referred to as his fighters’ valiant protection of Mosul.
He additionally cited as an indication of continuous effectiveness of the militant group assaults claimed by IS in Europe, the USA and elsewhere.
He additionally referred to as on IS followers the world over to proceed their jihad and urged Syria’s Sunni Muslim majority to not settle for the rule of the nation’s minority Alawites, whose religion is a department of Shiite Islam.
Syria’s authorities forces, their allies and different forces preventing IS, he stated, would “not final an hour” with out the air cowl offered by the Russians and the People, he stated.