IS Leader Challenges US, Allies

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Damascus: The Islamic State has released a new audio message purportedly of its leader challenging the US and its allies to confront his extremist group on the ground in Iraq and Syria, while telling his followers to persevere despite major recent battlefields setbacks.

In the 24-minute audio, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said the US won’t come to fight the extremists because “their hearts are full of fear from the mujahideen”.

“Here are the Christian Crusaders and the nations of disbelief and their group with them, and behind them the Jews. They do not dare to come here on the ground to fight a small group of mujahedeen,” said Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in the audio message, transcribed and translated by the U.S.-based monitoring agency Site Intelligence Group.

“They do not dare to come, because their hearts are full of fear from the mujahedeen,” he added in what is believed to be his first message since May.
In the message, Baghdadi acknowledged escalating pressure on the Islamic State but framed it as worldwide attack by “disbelievers” against Muslims.

“America and its allies dream of destroying the caliphate through their proxies and henchmen, and whenever an alliance of theirs fails or a tail is cut, they hasten to establish another, until they recently declared the Salouli (Saudi) alliance that was falsely called Islamic,” US media quoted Baghdadi as saying. Baghdadi gave a stern warning to the nations participating in airstrikes against ISIS.

“We promise you, God permitting, that whoever participates in the war against the Islamic State will pay the price dearly.””Soldiers of the Islamic State are patient because you are on the right path,” Baghdadi said, adding “Be patient, because God is with you.”

He also threatened Israel saying: we haven’t forgotten you” and “we are getting closer to you” every day. To Israeli Jews, he said that they “will hide behind trees and stones”from the ISIS.

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