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ISIS releases recorded message purportedly from Baghdadi

ISIS releases recorded message purportedly from Baghdadi

Washington, Sep 28 (AFP) The United States is still trying to verify a purported recording of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who had been rumoured to be dead, but suggested the tape released today could well be real.

"The leaders of the Islamic State and its soldiers have realised that the path to. victory is to be patient and resist the infidels whatever their alliances", said the person heard in the recording.

Thursday's message comes nearly a year after the last message that was made public in November, 2016. "But if it is his voice and he is referring to very recent events such as Astana talks or tension with North Korea as reported by some news outlets then it will be an indication for us that he is alive".

The date of the 46-minute recording, released via the Al-Furqan news organization, which is linked to the jihadist group, was not clear.

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US -backed Iraqi forces have since defeated Islamic State in Mosul, where Baghdadi declared a self-styled caliphate three years ago.

He also references a convention in Kazakhstan that took place this summer, according to the SITE Intelligence monitoring group, though both the North Korean conflict and convention are not particularly fresh news.

Officials have said they believed it could take years to capture or kill Baghdadi as he is thought to be hiding in a vast swathe of sparsely-populated desert between Mosul and Raqqa, where attacking drones are easy to spot.

Russian Federation had said in July it was a "high probability" the ISIS leader was killed in airstrikes in Syria a month earlier, the news network said.


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