Mandatory Credit: Photo by Sipa Press/REX Shutterstock (3894675f) Video still of the leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi The leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at a mosque in Mosul, Iraq - 05 Jul 2014 The leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has made what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre of Iraq's second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on July 5, 2014, in this still image taken from video. There had previously been reports on social media that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi would make his first public appearance since his Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) changed its name to the Islamic State and declared him caliph. The Iraqi government denied that the video, which carried Friday's date, was credible. It was also not possible to immediately confirm the authenticity of the recording or the date when it was made.

Baghdadi may be gone, but his empire will live on

After leading a desert blitzkrieg across Syria and Iraq, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi stood before thousands of followers and proclaimed himself “Caliph” of a new “Islamic State”.

Yet the bloodsoaked reign of a terrorist who achieved global prominence by conquering swathes of the Middle East now appears to have been cut short by one American air strike.

Iraq’s government and other sources are convinced that far from leading his men in battle, Baghdadi now lies critically wounded and receiving constant care. A US air raid near the town of Al-Baaj, 90 miles west of the Iraqi city of Mosul, appears to have injured Baghdadi and killed three of his companions on March 18.

  • Bubba

    “Live by the sword, die by the sword” karma is real and relentless, enjoy :<)

    • May all his followers meet a painful demise.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I’ll settle for demise.
        Carbon monoxide style.

  • Allan

    Good news.

  • ntt1

    I am warmed by the visual of the terrorist leader being treated with camel dung poultices, and other 7 th century islamicly pure treatments

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      And in that picture, Jam Master Bagg Daddy is standing there beside electric lights with an electric fan behind him and speaking into an electric voice amplification device.

      • ntt1

        lets hope he is enjoying an electric iron lung.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          But that’s not seventh century technology.

          • ntt1

            the halal version is powered by a young boy yanking on a cord. hopefully a youngster prone to narcolepsy or wandering off periodically

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I’m sure they got him to yank on someone’s cord.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Drone Strikes SAVE LIVES!

  • HalcyonDaze

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. LOL
    One down, 199,999 goat humping, wife beating, murderous reprobates to go.