ISIS Releases Video Of Leader Al-Baghdadi, First Since 2014


The terror group ISIS released a video on Monday which showed its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, for the first time since July 2014.

In the video, al-Baghdadi acknowledges the end of the battle of Baghouz, Syria, which marked ISIS’s territorial defeat, and vows the fight is not over.

“There will be more to come after this battle,” he said, according to Agence France-Presse.

The video was released by ISIS media outlet al-Furqan and shows al-Baghdadi in good health speaking with three men whose faces are blurred.

In an audio-only portion of the video, al-Baghdadi refers to the Sri Lanka bombings and says they were revenge for Baghouz, according to SITE Intelligence director Rita Katz.

The last time al-Baghdadi had been seen was his 2014 speech at the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, Iraq, in which he announced the formation of a self-styled caliphate.


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