Islamic State releases purported new audio message from top leader vowing to continue fight

Source: Los Angeles Times

“The Islamic State group on Thursday released what it said was a new audio recording of its top leader, Abu Bakr Baghdadi, in which he vows to continue fighting and lavishes praise on his jihadis despite their loss of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Mosul was liberated from Islamic State extremists in July after a months-long operation by Iraqi forces, backed by U.S.-led coalition. The recording by Baghdadi was released by the Islamic State-run Al Furqan outlet. The voice in the over 46-minute audio sounded much like previous recordings of the reclusive leader, who has only appeared in public once. … Russian officials said in June there was a ‘high probability’ that Baghdadi had died in a Russian airstrike on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Raqqa, the extremist group’s de facto capital. But U.S. officials later said they believed he was still alive.” (09/28/17)