WATCH – ISIS terror group leader al-Baghdadi seen in new video for first time since 2014
BREAKING: ISIS releases a new video showing terror group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, making the first time he is shown in a video since his July 2014 sermon at the Great Mosque in Mosul.
The video was released by ISIS’s propaganda agency al-Furqan.
The key message Baghdadi emphasizes is that his Muslim terrorists did not hand over any area and were eliminated fighting to the end, citing Bayji, Sirte, Mosul, Raqqa and Baghouz.
The war against our enemies today is a “war of attrition”, he says.
Al-Baghdadi accepts the oath of allegiance from jihadists in Mali, Burkina Faso, and Afghanistan. He also mentions Sri Lanka and the new pledge of allegiance by the Muslim terrorists behind the Easter massacre.
He seems to suggest that the terror attacks in Sri Lanka were “revenge” for the Baghuz battle in Syria, rather than the Christchurch attack in New Zealand.
The United States is offering up to $25 million for any credible information that leads to his capture.
Al-Baghdadi is currently hiding in the mountainous area of Abu Rujmayn southeast of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, an Iraqi intelligence official revealed.
Abu Rujmayn is a part of the Homs desert, which lays between eastern Homs and western Deir Ezzor. The desert is considered the last ISIS stronghold in Syria.
Speaking to Russia Today, an Iraqi intelligence official said that the Iraqi armed forces managed to block the terrorist leader’s entry into Iraq from Syria, forcing him to return to the vast desert region of the Homs Governorate.
The Iraqi official said that al-Baghdadi is currently surrounded by few loyal terrorists from Iraq, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia.
The Muslim terrorist has failed to cross into Iraq so far due to the strict Syrian and Iraqi security measures in the border area, according to the Iraqi official.
Al-Baghdadi has been declared dead on several occasions in the past; however, if he is indeed hiding in the Homs desert, he will likely be eliminated or even captured by the Syrian forces and its allies soon.