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Sunday, July 06, 2014

The secretive head of the Islamic State militant group ISIS has made what appears to be his first public appearance, purportedly speaking from a mosque in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, according to a video posted online Saturday. The video, uploaded by supporters to websites appears to show Abu Bakr Baghdadi, chief of the Islamic State, an Al Qaeda offshoot, leading prayers in the Grand Mosque in Mosul, which was overrun by insurgents last month as part of an offensive across northern Iraq. The Islamic State stands at the forefront of a Sunni Muslim uprising that threatens the U.S.-backed Iraqi government in Baghdad.


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The group's release of the video seems intended to burnish Baghdadi's leadership and religious credentials as head of an Al Qaeda breakaway faction that has become infamous for its brutality, including public executions of perceived enemies and "apostates" and the crucifixion of some victims.


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#1 | Posted by Corky at 2014-07-06 12:11 AM | Reply | Flag:

Is one of his wives' named BagLady?

#2 | Posted by JROD at 2014-07-06 01:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

these guys are pure evil. watch for things like airport security to get even tighter.

#3 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-07-06 02:28 PM | Reply | Flag:

Nice watch, looks expensive.

#4 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2014-07-06 03:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

I doubt 70 virgins will go for this caveman...

#5 | Posted by catdog at 2014-07-06 04:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

well, if their gay, they might.

#6 | Posted by bat4255 at 2014-07-07 11:16 AM | Reply | Flag:

He has a nice smile, kind of like Dick Cheney's

#7 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-07-07 12:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

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