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ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi refers Sri Lanka attacks in latest video, seeks revenge

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the fugitive Islamic State leader has released his latest video for the first time in five years in which he referred to last week’s deadly attack in Sri Lanka and recognises the terror group’s defeat in the Syrian town of Baghouz. Baghdadi’s propaganda video was released Monday by the jihadist organisation.

April 29 :  Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the fugitive Islamic State leader has released his latest video for the first time in five years in which he referred to last week’s deadly attack in Sri Lanka and recognises the terror group’s defeat in the Syrian town of Baghouz. Baghdadi’s propaganda video was released Monday by the jihadist organisation.

He also referred to the April 21 Easter attacks in Sri Lanka in which  253 people were killed “vengeance for their brothers in Baghouz”.

Je said that  IS’s operations against the West were part of a “long battle,” and that IS would continue to “take revenge” on members who had been killed.

“There will be more to come after this battle,” he said.

ISIL’s Al Furqan media network published on Monday what it said was a video message from its leader, in which he said the group would seek revenge for the killing and imprisonment of its fighters.

It was unclear when the footage was filmed but the appearance is only Baghdadi’s second on video, and comes weeks after the remnants of Isis were ousted from their last organised stronghold in the eastern Syrian desert. Baghdadi blamed its demise on the “savagery” of Christians.

“The battle for Baghouz is over,” he said, sitting cross-legged on a cushion and addressing three men whose faces have been blurred.

“God ordered us to wage ‘jihad.’ He did not order us to win,” he said.

 

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