The Islamic State, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi has appeared in a new video published by the group, which is the first time in nearly 5 years that he has appeared in a public setting.
The United States commented on the new video of al Baghdadi through the State Department spokesman who said that the US government analysts “will review this recording and we will defer to the intelligence community to confirm its authenticity,”
Regardless of the video‘s authenticity, the spokesman said that the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, had been battered.
“ISIS’s territorial defeat in Iraq and Syria was a crushing strategic and psychological blow as ISIS saw its so-called caliphate crumble, its leaders killed or flee the battlefield, and its savagery exposed,” he said.
The United States also vowed to continue to track down and defeat surviving leaders of the Islamic State terror group.
“The US-led coalition will fight across the world to ensure an enduring defeat of these terrorists and that any leaders who remain are delivered the justice that they deserve,” the State Department spokesman clarified.