Washington, Aug 23 : Attacking US President Donald Trump, the Islamic State Chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has urged his followers to stay united in this ‘tested phase’ by Allah and urged them to wage “jihad”across the West in his first audio speech in almost a year, according to the terror group’s media channel.
Apparently attacking Donald Trump’s presidency, Baghdadi said “America is going through the worse time of its entire existence”, condemning the “two decades of its crusade against the Muslim world”.
He implored supporters in Canada, Europe and the West “to join those who bled and carried out attacks” and “follow their lead”.
“For the Mujahideen (holy warriors) the scale of victory or defeat is not dependant on a city or town being stolen or subject to that who has aerial superiority, intercontinental missiles or smart bombs,and not how many followers they have” Baghdadi said in a recording posted on his al-Furqan media group.
Baghdadi also make references to the dispute between the United States and Turkey over the detention of Christian pastor Andrew Brunson.
In a new audio message of 55 minutes released by Islamic State terror group (ISIS) of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, for the first time in almost a year. The message was published by IS’ media wing al-Furqan on Wednesday, the man admits that IS groups were losing and that it was a test from Allah, saying they needed to stick together.
However, the voice on the recording has not been confirmed to be al-Baghdadi’s.
Baghdadi had declared himself ruler of all Muslims in 2014 by making public appearance in the al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul after capturing Iraq’s main northern city Mosul.Baghdadi has made only one public appearance, in July 2014,
Baghdadi is now believed to be hiding in the Iraqi-Syrian border region after losing all the cities and towns of his self-proclaimed caliphate.
The man says his followers were being tested with “fear and hunger” but says “glad tidings” will be given to those who “patiently persevere”.
The speaker also makes reference to recent events, including tensions between the US and Turkey. He also says that Russia and Iran were seeking to revolt against sanctions and avoid a similar situation to North Korea.
America is using “the gang policy” and it is a “sign of weakness”, the man says.
If it is from Baghdadi, this is the first audio message from him to be released since the fall of Raqqa in October 2017, as IS-held land in Syria continues to dwindle.
CNN cannot independently confirm the voice on the recording is that of al-Baghdadi.
“US Central Command is aware of the alleged audio recording,” Central Command spokesperson Capt. William Urban said. “I am not going to comment on our assessment of the recording. We do not know where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is at this time, but he continues to be someone that we are interested in removing from the battlefield.
“I do not believe that any official US government source has ever claimed that he is dead.”
Urban said that US officials believe that the IS leader is still alive.