The Islamic State leader, in a new sound recording released Monday, called on members of the extremist group to release detainees and women held in prisons and camps by any means necessary -Baghdadi, 48, was to make his first public statement ever since Be April.
In a 30-minute recording released from the group's media wing, the shady leader asked, "How can a Muslim enjoy life?" When Muslim women are held in camps, he calls "prisons of humiliation run by crusaders and their Shiite followers."
With a $ 25 million bounty, al-Baghdadi is the most wanted man in the world. He is responsible for making his violent organization slaughter enemies and direct or incite terrorist attacks across continents.
ISIS was defeated in Iraq in 2017, while it lost its last territory in Syria in March marking the end of the self-proclaimed caliphate of the extremists. Despite these defeats on the battlefield, sleeping cells have continued to launch attacks in both Iraq and Syria.
In Syria, the centers are controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, which led the fight against IS in eastern Syria.
Despite these setbacks, al-Bagdadi accused the United States of being tired of war and bragging about the continued presence of militants in Africa, the Middle East and East Asia.
LT. GENE. BOYKIN: DEATH OF BIN LADEN'S SON "PSYCHOLOGICAL DECLINE", NOT "DEADLY BLOW" FOR AL QAEDA I urged "soldiers and followers of the caliphate everywhere" to avoid deviations and asked Allah to grant the ISIS victory.
Associated Press has contributed to this report.