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ISIS Leader Releases New Audio, Says Operations Taking Place ‘Daily’

ISIS Leader Releases New Audio, Says Operations Taking Place ‘Daily’

Monday, 16 September, 2019 - 18:30
This file image made from video posted on a militant website April 29, 2019, purports to show ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, being interviewed by his group's Al-Furqan media outlet. (AP)

Leader of the ISIS terrorist group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi released a new purported audio recording on Monday, saying operations were taking place daily.

“Daily operations are underway on different fronts,” he said in the 30-minute tape published by the Al Furqan network.

He cited several regions such as Mali and the Levant but gave no dates.

This was Baghdadi’s first public statement since April, when he appeared in a video for the first time in five years.

ISIS was defeated in Iraq in 2017, while in Syria, it lost its last territory in March, marking the end of the extremists' self-declared “caliphate”.

Despite these battlefield defeats, ISIS sleeper cells have continued to launch attacks in both Iraq and Syria.

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