Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Alive?

Last week the U.S. dropped an air strike in the area that the rumored Islamic State leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was suppose to be. There were rumors that he had injured or maybe even killed, but today news has come out the the Islamic state leader might be alive. This the first article from The Guardian described Al- Baghdadi as a very high ranks in the Islamic State, he is said to be a self-proclaimed  “Caliph of the Muslims.” Both articles mention the 17-min. audio recording that clearly sounded like the al-Baghdadi. The audio was in classical Arabic “with expressions of Muslim piety in the extremist takfiri tradition.”In the audio tape he talked about several different topics. First was about how the “U.S.-led military campaign against ISIS was failing”. He went on to say that America and their allies were weak and powerless against them. Al-Baghdadi also talked about the rising support the Islamic State is gaining from countries in the Middle East like Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco. In this speech he mentioned about “fighting and kill Shia Muslims.” The article ended with   “Be assured, O Muslims, for your state is good and in the best condition,” Baghdadi declared. “Its march will not stop and it will continue to expand, by Allah’s permission. The march of the mujahidin [Muslim holy warriors] will continue until they reach Rome. And soon, the Jews and Crusaders will be forced to come down to the ground and send their ground forces to their deaths and destruction.”  Evidence that also backs-up the claims that he might be alive is the fact that he mentions events that happen recently. The Buzzfeed article, talks about the same audio recording. This article is very important because al-Baghdadi and his status in the Islamic State.  This relates to global terrorism and what ISIS has put the whole world into high alter when it comes to terrorism.


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