A cryptic new audio message purported to be from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appears to prove the shadowy ISIS strongman has cheated death yet again, despite Moscow’s claims he was killed in battle.
The 46-minute recording, released by Al-Furqan news organization, was the first time the world has heard from the jihadist leader since November 2016, when the last speech was released. It’s unclear when the recording was created.
But there’s some evidence it was recorded recently.
Baghdadi referenced North Korean threats made toward the United States and Japan, Reuters reported. MEMRI MEMRI Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor, a nonprofit organization which translates Arabic, Farsi, Urdu-Pashtu, Dari and Turkish media, translated portions of the speech.
“Oh soldiers of Islam and caliphate supporters everywhere, intensify the successive attacks, and include the unbelievers’ media headquarters and the ideological war centers among [your] targets,” a voice believed to be of al-Baghdadi said.