ISIS Leader Releases Video Showing He’s Alive
Posted on ginnyent by Chinenye on 30th April, 2019
ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has appeared in a new video for the first time in nearly five years, vowing to get revenge for his dead militants and claiming the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka were in retaliation for his group’s defeat in Syria.
The leader of the Islamist group gave his last sermon at the Great Mosque in Mosul, Iraq, in July 2014.
He has not appeared in a video since announcing the creation of the so-called caliphate from the pulpit of the Al-Nuri mosque nearly five years ago in a clip played around the world.
In the 40-second video Baghdadi vowed his militants would get revenge on the West for the group’s defeat in Iraq and Syria and claimed the Sri Lankan Easter bombings were part of their ‘battle of attrition’.
The elusive chief appeared for the first time in the propaganda video released today by the jihadist organisation.
It showed the haggard militant, looking gaunt with a greying beard that appeared dyed with henna speaking slowly, often pausing for several seconds in the middle of his sentences, in stark contrast to his black facial hair and confident delivery in 2014.
The 47-year-old recluse sat cross-legged in a black robe with a Kalashnikov rifle resting against the wall near his right arm.
The Iraqi militant, who suffers from diabetes, has been rumoured to have been wounded or killed several times in the past.
But his whereabouts have never been confirmed and a $25million bounty remains for his scalp.
It is unclear when the footage was filmed, but Baghdadi referred in the past tense to the months-long fight for Baghouz, IS’s final bastion in eastern Syria, which ended last month.
Written script at the start of the video dates it to earlier in April, but the authenticity and exact date of the recording has not yet been independently verified.