[Ed. – Well, we’ve got this to look forward to: Al-Baghdadi is the new Bin Laden. Usual caveats: if the recording’s valid, there’s apparently no confirmation of when it was recorded. On the other hand, there’s no definitive confirmation that Al-Baghdadi was killed, as rumored, in the recent air strikes.]
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of extremist group ISIS, called on his supporters to “erupt volcanoes of jihad” in an apparent new audio message released Thursday. The recording, which appeared to be genuine according to Flashpoint Intelligence, a global security firm and NBC News counterterrorism consultancy, came days afterspeculation that Baghdadi had been wounded in an airstrike in Iraq.
“O soldiers of the Islamic State, continue to harvest the soldiers,” the recording said. “Erupt volcanoes of jihad everywhere. Light the Earth with fire.” The extremist leader claimed the bombing campaign against ISIS in Syria and Iraq is failing, saying: “America and its allies are terrified, weak, and powerless.”
He also said ISIS fighters would not “never abandon fighting,” adding: “They will be triumphant, even if only one man of them is left.”
The message, shared on jihadist web sites, appeared to have been recorded recently and included a reference to Egyptian militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which pledged allegiance to Baghdadi on Monday.