“Soldiers of the Islamic State be patient because you are on the right path”, says the man, who is identified on ISIS-affiliated social media accounts as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The IS leader also claimed that Palestine would become “a graveyard” for Israelis and stated that since all “the Jews of the world” had gathered in Israel, war against them would be “easy“.
A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at a mosque calling out to all Muslims to rise up and defend his Caliphate. The message was al-Baghdadi’s first since May, and comes amid battlefield setbacks that ISIS has recently faced. “If it was an Islamic coalition, it would have declared itself free from its Jewish and Crusader lords and made the killing of Jews and the liberation of Palestine its goal”, his message said.
Baghdadi has rarely been photographed and had been quiet since he was believed to have been injured in an airstrike by Iraqi forces in October.
An SDF spokesman told AP earlier this week that his forces are also trying to cut the supply lines between the Islamic State’s de-facto capital of Raqqa and the group’s stronghold of Manbij in northern Syria.
In mid-December, Saudi Arabia announced the new, 34-member alliance against terrorism.
In all, ISIS wants to bury Israel-and feels that Americans are cowards because we don’t fight them with ground troops.
According to USA defense officials, the ISIS assault struck multiple sites near the northern city of Mosul, but the jihadists were beaten back by a Peshmerga counterattack that left more than 200 Islamic State militants dead.
The unhinged message, which was circulated amongst jihadi fighters online, is the latest evidence that the increasingly fragile hate group is falling apart amid reports it is desperately short of both fighters and weapons.
Islamic State, which rules large territory in Syria and Iraq, has claimed responsibility for a series of deadly attacks around the world in recent months, prompting a multinational military campaign against it. One user simply found the next sequel to the Star Wars more important than joining the extremist group.