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ISIS releases recording said to be of its leader

Mr. Baghdadi praised his foot soldiers for waging a tenacious battle in Mosul

Rukmini Callimachi | NYT 

The Islamic State issued on Thursday what appears to be the first recording in nearly a year of its reclusive leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a move that seems intended to silence rumors of his death and to galvanize his pummeled troops. The 46-minute audio recording would be the first time since last November that supporters of the jihadist group have heard the voice of their self-proclaimed caliph. Since then, the group has lost significant territory, including Mosul, Iraq, which had been the largest city under its control, and much of the group’s capital, Raqqa, ...

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First Published: Fri, September 29 2017. 09:57 IST