ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi makes first appearance since 2014


ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has reappeared in which he blames the “savagery” of Christians for ISIS’ defeat in the battle of Baghouz. The video in which he vowed to avenge his dead militants is his first appearance after 5 years of absence.

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi makes first appearance since 2014


Sitting on a cushion and speaking to three men whose faces have been blurred, Baghdadi said:

“The battle for Baghouz is over.”He continued:

“There will be more to come after this battle”, adding that his group is fighting a “battle of attrition”.

He blamed the fall of his “caliphate” on the “savagery” of Christians towards Muslims and that the battle of Baghouz demonstrated the “barbarism and brutality” of the West and the “courage, steadfastness and resilience of the nation of Islam”.

Baghdadi said:

“Truthfully, the battle of Islam and its people against the cross and its people is a long battle. The battle of Baghouz is over. But it did show the savagery, brutality and ill intentions of the Christians towards the Muslim community.”



In the video, he also said the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka were carried out by ISIS in retaliation for ISIS’s defeat in Baghouz.

Baghdadi’s voice is heard referring to the April 21 Easter attacks as “vengeance for their brothers in Baghouz”.

Al-Baghdadi said:

“There will be more to come after this battle. In fact, the battle of Islam and its people against the Crusaders and their followers is a long battle. This steadfastness shocked the hearts of the Crusaders in what increased their rage.”

Baghdadi has been rumoured to have been wounded or killed several times in the past and a bounty of €22.31million remains for his head. Dailymail reports.

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