ISIS Releases Audio Purporting to Be Message From al-Baghdadi

Abu Bakr al-Baghdad
A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has made what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the center of Iraq's second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on July 5, 2014. Reuters

Al-Furqan Media, the official media outlet of the Islamic State, more commonly known as ISIS, has released an audio recording purportedly made by its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The message comes days after questions arose over whether al-Baghdadi was alive and possibly injured after airstrikes targeted an ISIS convoy over the weekend. 

The recording, titled "Even If the Disbelievers Despise Such," was translated by SITE Intelligence Group

Here is Obama who has ordered the deployment of 1,500 additional soldiers under the claim that they are advisors because the Crusaders’ airstrikes and constant bombardment – day and night – upon the position of the Islamic State have not prevented its advance, nor weakened its resolve. And the agents of the Jews and Crusaders, their slaves, talks, and dogs, could not hold out in the face of the Islamic State, and they will never hold out against it. And indeed the Crusaders will be defeated. 

There is no good in you if you incline towards the Dunya and desert or turn back. No, rather you were made for good and good was made for you. You are the fuel and support of every jihad battleground, and from amongst its leaders.

President Barack Obama announced the 1,500 additional troops would be sent to Iraq on November 7, and on November 9, it was unclear if al-Baghdadi had survived or had been injured in airstrikes on an ISIS convoy. SITE told Newsweek, "Baghdadi also cited the pledges from fighters in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, including Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Ansar Jerusalem), which came between November 9 and 10, and accepted them." This effectively dates the audio after the airstrike was carried out, but it has not been verified by officials that al-Baghdadi himself recorded the speech. Only one video recording and a few photographs exist of the leader, earning him the title Invisible Sheikh, so the fact that he did not issue a video to prove he survived is not out of character. 

The 17-minute message also included a pep talk to his soldiers and a push to recruit new fighters to the organization, according to SITE. 

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