Islamic State releases purported audio clip of leader Baghdadi

Islamic State-linked media on Thursday released an audio clip purporting to be a message from the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as the militants continued to lose control of territory inside their self-styled caliphate in Syria and Iraq.

The audio clip, which was broadcast by IS’s al-Furqan outlet, is the first purported recording of Baghdadi to be released in 11 months and follows numerous claims by the Russian and Syrian governments that he has been killed.

In the clip, an individual identified as Baghdadi can be heard speaking for 46 minutes in which he tells his followers that he is “certain that bloodshed in Mosul, Raqqa, Sirt, Ramadi and Hama will eventually lead to the downfall of tyrants.”