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    ISIS leader comes out of hiding, makes 21 minute video declaring he is the Caliph

    http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News...r-in-Iraq.html



    By Staff Writer, Al Arabiya News
    Saturday, 5 July 2014

    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) published on Saturday a video that purports to show its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who declared himself recently as the “caliph” of all Muslims around the world.
    Please click here to read profile of ISIS’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
    The hitherto elusive Baghdadi made his appeal in a sermon delivered on Friday in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

    “I am the wali (leader) who presides over you, though I am not the best of you, so if you see that I am right, assist me,” he said, wearing a black turban and robe.

    “If you see that I am wrong, advise me and put me on the right track, and obey me as long as I obey God in you.”

    The video was released on at least two websites known to be used by the group, but it was not possible to independently verify whether the person shown was indeed the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. It bore the logo of al-Furqan, the group’s media arm, Associated Press reported.
    The video is the first ever official appearance by Baghdadi, according to Aymenn al-Tamimi, an expert on Islamist movements, though the jihadist leader may have appeared in a 2008 video under a different name, APF reported.

    “The mujahedeen have been rewarded victory by God after years of jihad, and they were able to achieve their aim and hurried to announce the caliphate and choose the Imam,” he says in the video, referring to the leader.

    “It is a burden to accept this responsibility to be in charge of you,” he adds. “I am not better than you or more virtuous than you. If you see me on the right path, help me. If you see me on the wrong path, advise me and halt me. And obey me as far as I obey God.”
    He is dressed in black robes and a black turban, has dark eyes, thick eyebrows and a full black beard. He speaks eloquent classical Arabic, but with little emotion.
    The mosque has several dozen men and boys standing for prayer, and a flag of the black Islamic State group is hoisted in the mosque. One man stands guard, with a gun holster under his arm.
    At the beginning of the video, the man purported to be al-Baghdadi slowly climbs the pulpit in the great mosque in Iraq’s second-largest city of Mosul, which al-Baghdadi’s group captured last month. Then the call to prayer is made as he cleans his teeth with a miswak, a special type of stick that devout Muslims use to clean their teeth and freshen their breath.
    The Iraqi government has said the video was falsified. “We have analyzed the footage ... and found it is a farce,” Interior Ministry spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan told Reuters

    Maan said government forces had recently wounded al-Baghdadi in an air strike and that he had been transferred by ISIS militants to Syria for medical treatment. He declined to give further details and there was no way to confirm the claim independently.

    However, a senior Iraqi intelligence official told Associated Press that after an initial analysis the man in the video is believed to indeed be al-Baghdadi. The official said the arrival of a large convoy in Mosul around midday Friday coincided with the blocking of cellular networks in the area. He says the cellular signal returned after the convoy departed.
    The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media.
    A Mosul resident confirmed that mobile networks were down around the time of Friday prayers, and then returned a few hours later. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of fears for his safety.
    Another aspect of the rule al-Baghdadi envisions was made clear in a series of images that emerged online late Saturday showing the destruction of at least 10 ancient shrines and Shiite mosques in territory his group controls.
    The 21 photographs posted on a website that frequently carries official statements from the Islamic State extremist group document the destruction in Mosul and the town of Tal Afar. Some of the photos show bulldozers plowing through walls, while others show explosives demolishing the buildings in a cloud of smoke and rubble.
    Residents from both Mosul and Tal Afar confirmed the destruction of the sites.

    [AFP and AP]

    Last Update: Saturday, 5 July 2014 KSA 21:19 - GMT 18:19

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    Re: ISIS leader comes out of hiding, makes 21 minute video declaring he is the Caliph

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    http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News...r-in-Iraq.html



    By Staff Writer, Al Arabiya News
    Saturday, 5 July 2014

    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) published on Saturday a video that purports to show its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who declared himself recently as the “caliph” of all Muslims around the world.
    Please click here to read profile of ISIS’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
    The hitherto elusive Baghdadi made his appeal in a sermon delivered on Friday in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

    “I am the wali (leader) who presides over you, though I am not the best of you, so if you see that I am right, assist me,” he said, wearing a black turban and robe.

    “If you see that I am wrong, advise me and put me on the right track, and obey me as long as I obey God in you.”

    The video was released on at least two websites known to be used by the group, but it was not possible to independently verify whether the person shown was indeed the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. It bore the logo of al-Furqan, the group’s media arm, Associated Press reported.
    The video is the first ever official appearance by Baghdadi, according to Aymenn al-Tamimi, an expert on Islamist movements, though the jihadist leader may have appeared in a 2008 video under a different name, APF reported.

    “The mujahedeen have been rewarded victory by God after years of jihad, and they were able to achieve their aim and hurried to announce the caliphate and choose the Imam,” he says in the video, referring to the leader.

    “It is a burden to accept this responsibility to be in charge of you,” he adds. “I am not better than you or more virtuous than you. If you see me on the right path, help me. If you see me on the wrong path, advise me and halt me. And obey me as far as I obey God.”
    He is dressed in black robes and a black turban, has dark eyes, thick eyebrows and a full black beard. He speaks eloquent classical Arabic, but with little emotion.
    The mosque has several dozen men and boys standing for prayer, and a flag of the black Islamic State group is hoisted in the mosque. One man stands guard, with a gun holster under his arm.
    At the beginning of the video, the man purported to be al-Baghdadi slowly climbs the pulpit in the great mosque in Iraq’s second-largest city of Mosul, which al-Baghdadi’s group captured last month. Then the call to prayer is made as he cleans his teeth with a miswak, a special type of stick that devout Muslims use to clean their teeth and freshen their breath.
    The Iraqi government has said the video was falsified. “We have analyzed the footage ... and found it is a farce,” Interior Ministry spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan told Reuters

    Maan said government forces had recently wounded al-Baghdadi in an air strike and that he had been transferred by ISIS militants to Syria for medical treatment. He declined to give further details and there was no way to confirm the claim independently.

    However, a senior Iraqi intelligence official told Associated Press that after an initial analysis the man in the video is believed to indeed be al-Baghdadi. The official said the arrival of a large convoy in Mosul around midday Friday coincided with the blocking of cellular networks in the area. He says the cellular signal returned after the convoy departed.
    The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media.
    A Mosul resident confirmed that mobile networks were down around the time of Friday prayers, and then returned a few hours later. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of fears for his safety.
    Another aspect of the rule al-Baghdadi envisions was made clear in a series of images that emerged online late Saturday showing the destruction of at least 10 ancient shrines and Shiite mosques in territory his group controls.
    The 21 photographs posted on a website that frequently carries official statements from the Islamic State extremist group document the destruction in Mosul and the town of Tal Afar. Some of the photos show bulldozers plowing through walls, while others show explosives demolishing the buildings in a cloud of smoke and rubble.
    Residents from both Mosul and Tal Afar confirmed the destruction of the sites.

    [AFP and AP]

    Last Update: Saturday, 5 July 2014 KSA 21:19 - GMT 18:19
    With no US assets on the ground in that area, there's no reason he couldn't also attend a street fair, because we can't do a thing about it including an air strike, drone attack, cruise missile or sniper. Hell, he owns the place now, and for the foreseeable future. It's just a matter of time before he gets what he wants:



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    Re: ISIS leader comes out of hiding, makes 21 minute video declaring he is the Caliph

    Quote Originally Posted by Beaudreaux View Post
    With no US assets on the ground in that area, there's no reason he couldn't also attend a street fair, because we can't do a thing about it including an air strike, drone attack, cruise missile or sniper. Hell, he owns the place now, and for the foreseeable future. It's just a matter of time before he gets what he wants:



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    You had about 2 trillion dollars worth of US assets, 170,000 combat troops on the ground in Afghanistan. Thousands of American lives sacrificed and took 10 years to get Osama Bin Laden. I guess its gonna be much cheaper this time.

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    Re: ISIS leader comes out of hiding, makes 21 minute video declaring he is the Caliph

    I dare him to go after Russia.
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    Reports indicate that everyone knew he was hauling a bunch of guns up there. But, since you brought it up, there's something which should be illegal: guns that breakdown.

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    Re: ISIS leader comes out of hiding, makes 21 minute video declaring he is the Caliph

    He's going to get murdered. By other Muslims. They ought to be offended this guy would proclaim himself the caliph.
    Quote Originally Posted by calamity View Post
    Reports indicate that everyone knew he was hauling a bunch of guns up there. But, since you brought it up, there's something which should be illegal: guns that breakdown.

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    Re: ISIS leader comes out of hiding, makes 21 minute video declaring he is the Caliph

    Quote Originally Posted by RDS View Post
    You had about 2 trillion dollars worth of US assets, 170,000 combat troops on the ground in Afghanistan. Thousands of American lives sacrificed and took 10 years to get Osama Bin Laden. I guess its gonna be much cheaper this time.
    It very well could be. And we get glow in the dark glass parking lots to boot.
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    Re: ISIS leader comes out of hiding, makes 21 minute video declaring he is the Caliph

    Quote Originally Posted by Beaudreaux View Post
    With no US assets on the ground in that area, there's no reason he couldn't also attend a street fair, because we can't do a thing about it including an air strike, drone attack, cruise missile or sniper. Hell, he owns the place now, and for the foreseeable future. It's just a matter of time before he gets what he wants:
    You honestly think that he'll be able to take over SPAIN, for crying out loud?
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    Re: ISIS leader comes out of hiding, makes 21 minute video declaring he is the Caliph

    Quote Originally Posted by RDS View Post
    You had about 2 trillion dollars worth of US assets, 170,000 combat troops on the ground in Afghanistan. Thousands of American lives sacrificed and took 10 years to get Osama Bin Laden. I guess its gonna be much cheaper this time.
    First of all, I didn't have anything over there other than me, because I'm not the government.

    Second, I'm not advocating anything, just pointing out facts of the situation.
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    Re: ISIS leader comes out of hiding, makes 21 minute video declaring he is the Caliph

    Quote Originally Posted by Beaudreaux View Post
    With no US assets on the ground in that area, there's no reason he couldn't also attend a street fair, because we can't do a thing about it including an air strike, drone attack, cruise missile or sniper. Hell, he owns the place now, and for the foreseeable future. It's just a matter of time before he gets what he wants:



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    Yeah Beaudreaux.....as you can see. A majority cannot figure out what is going on. That would be the majority of the left. Which you can tell by their remarks. But this is not nor was ever surprising.

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    Re: ISIS leader comes out of hiding, makes 21 minute video declaring he is the Caliph

    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    You honestly think that he'll be able to take over SPAIN, for crying out loud?
    Kobie, I didn't make the map. Isis did.

    I do think it's possible that they would try although the probability of success is debatable and I think it's improbable because of Spain's membership in NATO. The Spanish have their own internal threat from ETA, however, and haven't been able to get that under control, so I doubt if ISIS wanted to attack Spain, that Spain would be able to do anything about it without assistance from NATO (the US).

    And, again, I didn't make the map - ISIS did "for crying out loud." You made a tad bit of an extension of my comment that had no description of my detailed thoughts. To ask me the question was a reasonable response given that I made no further comment, however, to add the "for crying out loud" to the end was a bit over the top - even for you.
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