News / Middle East

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.

You May Like

Multimedia Protests Continue in Ferguson, Spread to Other US Cities

update Missouri officials say deployment of more than 2,000 National Guard soldiers helps curb second night of rampant arson and looting in Midwestern town More

Video Ebola, Crackdown on Illegals Hit Business in Guangzhou

Chinese city has largest community of Africans in Asia More

Video Legendary Lebanese Actress, Singer Sabah Dies at 87

Music and film diva, affectionately called 'Sabbouha' by millions of her fans, performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, Royal Albert Hall in London, Olympia in Paris, Sydney Opera House in Sydney More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
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?)

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar Opposition to Keep Pushing for Constitutional Changei
X
November 24, 2014 10:09 PM
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she and her supporters will continue pushing to amend a constitutional clause that bars her from running for president next year. VOA's Than Lwin Htun reports from the capital Naypyitaw in this report narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar Opposition to Keep Pushing for Constitutional Change

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she and her supporters will continue pushing to amend a constitutional clause that bars her from running for president next year. VOA's Than Lwin Htun reports from the capital Naypyitaw in this report narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video Mali Attempts to Shut Down Ebola Transmission Chain

Senegal and Nigeria were able to stop small Ebola outbreaks by closely monitoring those who had contact with the sick person and quickly isolating anyone with symptoms. Mali is now scrambling to do the same. VOA’s Anne Look reports from Mali on what the country is doing to shut down the chain of transmission.
Video

Video Ukraine Marks Anniversary of Deadly 1930s Famine

During a commemoration for millions who died of starvation in Ukraine in the early 1930s, President Petro Poroshenko lashed out at Soviet-era totalitarianism for causing the deaths and accused today’s Russian-backed rebels in the east of using similar tactics. VOA’s Daniel Shearf reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video Hong Kong Protests at a Crossroads

New public opinion polls in Hong Kong indicate declining support for pro-democracy demonstrations after weeks of street protests. VOA’s Bill Ide in Guangzhou and Pros Laput in Hong Kong spoke with protesters and observers about whether demonstrators have been too aggressive in pushing for change.
Video

Video US Immigration Relief Imminent for Mixed-Status Families

Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants in the Washington, D.C., area may benefit from a controversial presidential order announced this week. It's not a path to citizenship, as some activists hoped. But it will allow more immigrants who arrived as children or who have citizen children, to avoid deportation and work legally. VOA's Victoria Macchi talks with one young man who benefited from an earlier presidential order, and whose parents may now benefit after years of living in fear.
Video

Video New Skateboard Defies Gravity

A futuristic dream only a couple of decades ago, the hoverboard – a skateboard that floats above the ground - has finally been made possible. While still not ready for mass production, it promises to become a cool mode of transport... at least over some surfaces. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Falling Gas Prices Impact US Oil Extraction

With the price of oil now less than $80 a barrel, motorists throughout the United States are benefiting from gas prices below $3 a gallon. But as VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, the decreasing price of petroleum has a downside for the hydraulic fracturing industry in the United States.
Video

Video Tensions Build on Korean Peninsula Amid Military Drills

It has been another tense week on the Korean peninsula as Pyongyang threatened to again test nuclear weapons while the U.S. and South Korean forces held joint military exercises in a show of force. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from the Kunsan Air Base in South Korea.
Video

Video Mama Sarah Obama Honored at UN Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

President Barack Obama's step-grandmother is in the United States to raise money to build a $12 million school and hospital center in Kogelo, Kenya, the birthplace of the president's father, Barack Obama, Sr. She was honored for her decades of work to aid poor Kenyans at a Women's Entrepreneurship Day at the United Nations.
Video

Video Ebola Economic Toll Stirs W. Africa Food Security Concerns

The World Bank said Wednesday that it expects the economic impact of the Ebola outbreak on the sub-Saharan economy to cost somewhere betweenf $3 billion to $4 billion - well below a previously-outlined worst-case scenario of $32 billion. Some economists, however, paint a gloomier picture - warning that the disruption to regional markets and trading is considerable. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Chaos, Abuse Defy Solution in Libya

The political and security crisis in Libya is deepening, with competing governments and, according to Amnesty International, widespread human rights violations committed with impunity. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
Video

Video US Hosts Record 866,000 Foreign Students

Close to 900,000 international students are studying at American universities and colleges, more than ever before. About half of them come from Asia, mostly China. The United States hosts more foreign students than any other country in the world, and its foreign student population is steadily growing. Zlatica Hoke reports.

All About America

AppleAndroid