Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi purportedly releases message saying ISIS losses are test from Allah
For the first time in almost a year, ISIS has released what it says is a new audio message from its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Publish date : 8/23/2018
Publish Time : 17:05:00
In the message, the man on the recording admits that ISIS groups are losing and that it is a test from Allah, saying they need to stick together.
The man says his followers are being tested with "fear and hunger" but says "glad tidings" will be given to those who "patiently persevere."
The audio message was published by ISIS media wing al-Furqan on Wednesday.
CNN cannot independently confirm the voice on the recording is that of al-Baghdadi.
"US Central Command is aware of the alleged audio recording," Central Command spokesperson Capt. William Urban said. "I am not going to comment on our assessment of the recording. We do not know where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is at this time, but he continues to be someone that we are interested in removing from the battlefield.
"I do not believe that any official US government source has ever claimed that he is dead." When asked whether that meant US officials believe the ISIS leader is alive, Urban said, "Yes."