Islamic State Leader Praises Progress of ‘Caliphate’

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Damascus: Islamic State has released a new message purportedly from its reclusive leader, claiming his self-styled caliphate is doing well despite an unprecedented alliance against it.

In the 24-minute audio posted Saturday, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi says airstrikes by the international coalition only increase Isis’s determination and resolve. He also  mocks a recently announced Saudi-led Islamic alliance against terrorism and warns Israel “we are getting closer to you every day”. He says Israeli Jews “will hide behind trees and stones” from Isis.

Al-Baghdadi urges Muslims worldwide to join the fight, saying it is their Islamic duty to rise up everywhere.

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The authenticity of the audio could not be independently confirmed but it was posted on Isis-affiliated websites and Twitter as have previous messages from the group.

the guardian