Clearing peddled rumours of his death after numerous airstrikes, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi releases new recording urging attacks to prove he still isn’t dead.
The 46-minute tape was released via the Al-Furqan news organisation and does not give a date of recording, but his reference to the recent missile tests and war of words between North Korea and the US suggests the recording is recent.
He says “North Korea is now threatening America and Japan with nuclear power” and “America, Europe and Russia are living in a state of terror… fearing the strikes of the mujahideen”.
Al-Baghdadi’s last speech before Russia’s claim earlier this year that they may have killed Al-Baghdadi in an air strike, was issued in November 2016 where he called to make the “unbelievers” “blood flow as rivers”.
In this new recording, Al-Baghdadi who had a £20 million bounty on his head because of his hate-filled sermons that inspired suicide attacks across Europe, called on ISIS followers to continue, and claimed Syria’s government forces, allies and other forces fighting IS would not “last an hour” without air cover provided by the US and Russians.
He vowed to continue fighting and praised his followers despite the loss of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
The latest recording is titled “Sufficient Is Your Lord As A Guide And A Helper”.