Underground ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reportedly seen in a recent photograph for the first time since 2014; taking part in a new video released by the Islamic State’s propaganda wing following the fall of their caliphate throughout Syria.
“Rumors of al-Baghdadi’s death have persisted as ISIS militants who have surrendered to U.S.-backed coalition forces, believed their ideological leader abandoned their cause,” reports Fox News. “Baghdadi also suffers from diabetes, high blood pressure and injuries sustained during an airstrike years ago.”
2) The video shows Baghdadi in a casual conversational setting with others (their faces blurred). He talks about war against "Crusaders" and about battles in #Baghouz #Syria being over, indicating that this interview was filmed somewhat recently. pic.twitter.com/BPqLP8QWSU
— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) April 29, 2019
The United States is currently offering a $25 million reward for any information that could help authorities identify and capture the global terror leader.
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BREAKING NOW: Final ISIS Stronghold Liberated, Islamic State ‘Has Officially Crumbled’
American-backed forces liberated the last territory controlled by ISIS-fighters Thursday; ending a “brutal empire” that at its peak ruled over eight million people across the Middle East.
“The caliphate has crumbled, and the final offensive is over. While the official announcement hasn’t yet been made – Fox News has been told that this village, the last ISIS stronghold, is liberated,” reports Fox News.
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“It’s the first time since we’ve been here in Syria for five days that the bombs have stopped dropping and the gunfire has disappeared. We have witnessed the end of the caliphate – the brutal empire that once ruled over 8 million people – is gone,” adds the article. “Troops here are now bringing down the black flags of ISIS. The flags no longer fly over the town, instilling fear.”
'IT WAS IRAN': Israel Says TEHRAN Behind Gaza Mortar Barrage
Israeli officials publicly blamed Iran for the recent mortar attack on southern Israel Wednesday, saying Tehran was the “culprit” behind the barrage that included 180 Iranian-manufactured shells.
According to the Jerusalem Post, IDF Spokesperson Ronen Manelis confirmed the mortar shells were produced inside the Islamic Republic and smuggled into the region by Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
“Despite Israel’s intelligence superiority over terror groups, as well a blockade imposed both by the IDF and Egypt, Hamas and other terror groups in the Strip have restocked their supply of weapons in the four years since the last round of fighting between Israel and Hamas,” writes the Post.
“The mass-produced Iranian mortar shells used in Tuesday’s salvos were also used by Islamic Jihad in an attack in January and in a barrage 12 mortar shells fired toward an army outpost in November,” adds the author.
The revelation raises new questions over Iran’s influence in the region as the United States urges western allies and other nations to help clampdown on Tehran’s nuclear program.