Islamic State Leader Urges More Attacks In First Purported Audio In Year
ISIS released a 54-minute audio clip on Wednesday, the group’s first audio release of the year. If the voice on the audio clip is confirmed to be the group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, it would confirm that he was not killed in airstrikes, as had been reported several times. The clip urges followers to continue fighting around the world and also discuss current events including Turkey’s detention of an American pastor, the ongoing al-Ahda feast, and geopolitical commentary on the U.S. and Russia in the Middle East. He also criticizes other rebels for surrendering and encourages them to join ISIS.