The leader of the Islamic State jihadist group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called on Muslims to wage “jihad” in a purported new audio recording released on Wednesday.
The Telegram message on the occasion of Eid al-Adha is the first known to be released since another was broadcast in September last year, and comes as IS has lost most of its territory in Iraq and Syria.
“Those who forget their religion, patience, jihad against their enemies, and their certainty in the creator’s promise lose and are disgraced,” the leader said.”But when they hold on to it, they are mighty and victorious, even if after a certain time.”
Baghdadi has been pronounced dead on several occasions, but an Iraqi intelligence official said in May that he remains alive in Syrian territory by the Iraqi border.
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