Daesh ter­ror­ist group chief Bagh­dadi’s video sur­faces

Khaleej Times - - MIDDLE EAST - Reuters

cairo — Daesh leader Abu Bakr Al Bagh­dadi has ex­horted mil­i­tants across the world to wage at­tacks against the West and to keep fight­ing in Iraq, Syria and else­where.

The mes­sage re­leased on Thurs­day was his first pur­ported au­dio com­mu­ni­ca­tion in al­most a year dur­ing which his mil­i­tant group lost much of its self-pro­claimed “caliphate”.

The au­dio came af­ter sev­eral re­ports Bagh­dadi had been killed. His last record­ing was in Novem­ber 2016, two weeks af­ter the start of the bat­tle to re­cap­ture the city of Mo­sul from Daesh.

“Oh Sol­diers of the Caliphate, fan the flames of war on your en­e­mies, take it to them and be­siege them in every cor­ner, and stand fast and coura­geous.”

“Be­ware of re­treat, or the feel­ing of de­feat, be­ware of ne­go­ti­a­tions or sur­ren­der. Do not lay down your arms,” Bagh­dadi said, re­fer­ring to fol­low­ers.

The date of the 46-minute record­ing, re­leased via the Al Furqan news or­gan­i­sa­tion, was not clear.

But in it, Bagh­dadi makes an ap­par­ent reference to re­cent events in­clud­ing North Korean threats against Ja­pan and United States and the re­cap­ture two months ago of Mo­sul by USbacked Iraqi forces. —

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