A new 46-minute, undated and unauthenticated audio recording of Islamic state leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was broadcast online, while the man was reported dead several months ago by the Russian army.
He was thought to be dead, but he would be back. After 11 months of silence, Islamic state leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi reappeared in an audio recording in which he asked his followers to continue the fighting in Syria despite the decline of Daesh in the region.
The message was broadcast by Al-Furqan, the terrorist group’s information channel and translated by the American site specializing in broadcasting messages from terrorist groups SITE
In this new undated audio message, the first for nearly a year, Daesh’s leader has referred to recent geopolitical conflicts, including tensions in the Korean peninsula and the independence referendum of Iraqi Kurdistan. In the message, the voice, presumably that of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, also talks about peace talks on Syria in Astana, Kazakhstan.
“We take note of the audio tape allegedly recorded by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and put in place measures to examine it. Although we have no reason to doubt its authenticity, we do not have any confirmation at this stage, “CNN spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Investigations of the United States said.
The Washington Post also noted that the message implied that the Syrian city of Raqqa, Daesh stronghold in the country, would have been taken over by a Syrian armed group and not by US forces, which would suggest that the recording was made in advance.
Dead or alive ? The mystery remains
The leader of the self-proclaimed Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria made its first public appearance in the summer of 2014 when the group was in full swing in the territories of both countries.
Born Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim al-Badri, the man was detained briefly by US forces in Iraq in February 2004 before being released as a “low-level prisoner” a few months later from the Abu Ghraib detention center.
Al-Baghdadi would also call on jihadists to carry out attacks around the world, claiming that the Western countries were already in a state of terror. He also urged Daesh fighters to attack the media in the West. The record has not yet been authenticated.
The terrorist leader, who has repeatedly issued messages calling for the establishment of a global caliphate, has become the main target of forces fighting terrorists in the IA.
Despite rumors about his alleged death that circulated widely in the media, neither the Pentagon nor the Iraqi or Syrian armed forces have not confirmed that information.
The previous unauthenticated audio message of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been issued in November 2016, just weeks after the start of the battle for the liberation of Mosul in Iraq .
In June 2017, the Russian Defense Ministry said that al-Baghdadi had been killed in an air raid conducted by Russia near the Syrian stronghold of EI, Raqqa in northern Syria May 28 on . The raid initially targeted a meeting of senior Daesh officials, and al-Baghdadi was reported to have been present.
However, at the end of August, Lieutenant-General Stephen Townsend, commander of anti-Daesh forces, said he believed al-Baghdadi was still alive .
Credit: Washington Post