For the first time in five years, notorious militant chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has appeared on camera — shortly after ISIS lost the last of its territory. In an 18-minute address, the world’s most wanted man vowed “a battle of attrition” against the group’s enemies. “They must know that the jihad will continue until Judgment Day,” he said. It’s unclear when the footage was filmed, but most experts believe it’s authentic.
What’s ISIS doing now? Violent attacks like the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka prove the group is still capable of functioning underground, which some analysts suggest explains al-Baghdadi’s timing.
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