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Video Purports to Show Reclusive ISIL Leader

Smage taken from recently released video shows man purported to be Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIL's reclusive leader, making what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre of Iraq's second city, Mosul July 5, 2014.
Smage taken from recently released video shows man purported to be Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIL's reclusive leader, making what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre of Iraq's second city, Mosul July 5, 2014.
VOA News

A video has emerged on radical Islamist websites purporting to show the self-appointed leader of a newly proclaimed Islamic state in Syria and northern Iraq.

The video, posted Saturday, apparently shows Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi giving a sermon at a mosque in Mosul.

He appealed to his followers to help him if he is right, and put him "on the right track" if he is wrong.

Experts said it is likely the man in the video is the rarely seen Baghdadi.

Baghdadi's Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters have seized large parts of northern Iraq, and are one of several radical Sunni Muslim groups fighting to overthrow the Syrian government.

Baghdadi has declared an Islamic "caliphate" in northern Iraq and Syria, calling on the world's Muslims to emigrate there and take up arms. 

Some information for this report comes from AP and AFP.

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by: Lawrence Bush from: Kennebonkport
July 06, 2014 11:43 AM
Baghdadi- the ISIL leader has got the initial na.e and gain in occupying a chunk of territories in Syria and northern Iraq, alright, but he does not know how far it is possible for him and his militia brigades to enjoy thi sort of mad, illegal moves? The very time Syria faces the civil war and there does remain grave inclemencies in the govt. formation in Baghdad........ the surge of ISIL has become a really troublesome event - not for Syria and Iraq only but for entire Middle East. In the geopolitical situation, big powers like Russia and ours are also involved in this embroil. What is irrelevant in the comity of international law, that can not be accepted. .... The necessity at this perilous moment is - instead of Noori al Maliki, out of the State of Law, Iraq should choose a new head of the state thereby forming one inclusive govt. satisfying the three major communities in Iraq - the Sunnis, the Shihas and the Kurds.......
Caliphate of Baghdadi was the perceivement of the slained al Queda chief Mr Laden. The current practical shape has found its platform out of the Syrian civil war where the al Queda does remain. Besides, after our defense withdrawal, the Sunni militia plus al Queda the we had fought against got time, oppurtunity and conducive conditions to rise, rebuild themselves in stregth to create this ISIL bedlam. The Caliphate of Baghdadi is for a transition. That is facing its doom very soon if our govt. and our friemdly states do take proper steps ahead.


by: meanbill from: USA
July 06, 2014 12:46 AM
It's been reported that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (a nom de guerre), was a brilliant student and teacher, and then he made himself "The Emir of the Belivers" a title once held by the real Abu Bakr, "the first Caliph of the rightest ones" following the death of Muhammad.... and now this Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (a nom de guerre), has named himself the (ISIL) "Caliph of all Islam" and his Caliphate is all the lands the (ISIL) conqured, wherever they may be..... (and when the (ISIL) army is defeated, what then, will he call himself?)

THE WISE MAN sad it;... It's to bad al-Baghdadi didn't study military tactics better?.... the al-Baghdadi (ISIL) army is spread out over thousands of square miles in Iraq and Syria, and it needs millions of gallons of gas for their pickup trucks to cover that amount of ground, (and if his supply of gas is cut off), his (ISIL) army will come to a complete stop..... and his dreams?

The Maliki led Iraq army just has to destroy and bomb the gas stations, and fuel trucks, and bridges, and any pickup trucks outside a city or town in the occupied (ISIL) teritorries..... (and then), the Iraq army will "win" the war with the (ISIL) army, and the dreams of the al-Baghdadi "Caliphate of all Islam" will die and rust, in the sands of Iraq and Syria, and history.... (The (ISIL) army needs gas to survive, doesn't it?)

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