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(Agence France-Presse News) — The leader of the Islamic State group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Thursday urged Muslims to emigrate to his self-proclaimed “caliphate,” in the jihadist supremo’s first audio recording in six months.
“And we call upon every Muslim in every place to perform hijrah (emigration) to the Islamic State or fight in his land wherever that may be,” he said.
The voice reading the half-hour speech appeared to match previous audio recordings of Baghdadi, the latest of which was released in mid-November.
As did his previous speech, the audio tape recording released on Thursday comes a few days after media reports that he might have been seriously wounded in a strike by the US-led coalition bombing IS in Iraq and Syria.
There was no way for AFP to immediately authenticate the latest recording nor date it but Baghdadi speaks of developments in Yemen, where Saudi-led forces launched an air campaign against Shiite rebels in late March, that suggest it is recent.
Echoing his previous exhortations, Baghdadi said moving to the caliphate he declared over parts of Iraq and Syria in June 2014 or waging jihad (holy war) at home was an obligation for Muslims.
“Has the time not come for you to know that there is no might nor honour nor safety nor rights for you except in the shade of the Caliphate?” he said in the speech, transcripts of which were released in five languages.
“O Muslims, Islam was never for a day the religion of peace. Islam is the religion of war,” he said, calling for mass mobilisation on the battlefield.
Baghdadi lashed out at Saudi Arabia’s rulers, accusing them of launching their air campaign against the Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen only to please the West.
“Their war is nothing but an attempt to prove themselves once again to their masters from amongst the Jews and Crusaders,” he said.
“It is nothing but a desperate attempt to turn the Muslims away from the Islamic State.”
He also warned that IS would carry out more prison breaks, which have become one of the group’s trademarks.
“I will not forget to mention the captives in the prisons of the apostate tyrants everywhere,” the IS leader said.
“We will not hold back any strength or spare any effort or miss any opportunity, until we free the last one of you, with Allah’s permission,” he said.
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