ISIS Leader Appears to Emerge in New Video

It would be his first video appearance since al-Baghdadi delivered a sermon in the Iraqi city of Mosul in 2014

Islamic State Leader
Al-Furqan media via AP

The leader of the Islamic State group is purportedly seen publicly for the first time in 5 years in a video released by the extremist group's propaganda arm.

The video released by Al-Furqan on Monday appears to show Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi with a bushy grey and red beard, wearing a black robe with a beige vest and seated on the floor with what appears to be a machine gun propped up next to him.

It would be his first video appearance since al-Baghdadi delivered a sermon at the al-Nuri mosque in the Iraqi city of Mosul in 2014.

The SITE Intelligence group said al-Baghdadi acknowledged in the video the defeat in the battle for Baghouz, the group's last stronghold in Syria, and discussed the bombings in Sri Lanka that killed more than 250 people.

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