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IS chief Baghdadi appears in propaganda video for first time in five years

In the video from the Al Furqan network, a bearded man with Baghdadi's appearance says Easter bombings in Sri Lanka were IS's response to losses in its last territorial stronghold of Baghouz in Syria

This image made from video posted on a militant website on Monday purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, being interviewed by his group’s  Al-Furqan media outlet	 PHOTO: AP/PTI
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This image made from video posted on a militant website on Monday purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, being interviewed by his group’s Al-Furqan media outlet | Photo: AP/PTI

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Islamic State's media network published on Monday a video message purporting to come from its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in what would be his first appearance since declaring the jihadists' now-defunct "caliphate" five years ago.
 
In the 18-minute video from the Al Furqan network, a bearded man with Baghdadi's appearance says the recent Easter bombings in Sri Lanka were IS's response to losses in its last territorial stronghold of Baghouz in Syria.
 
The group will seek revenge for militants jailed and killed, he says.
 
The video would be the first from Baghdadi since he was filmed in the Iraqi city

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First Published: Apr 30 2019 | 2:48 AM IST

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