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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

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    ISIS Leader Appears to Emerge in New Video
    Al-Furqan media via AP
    This image made from video posted on a militant website on Monday, April 29, 2019, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, being interviewed by his group's Al-Furqan media outlet. Al-Baghdadi acknowledged in his first video since June 2014 that ISIS lost the war in the eastern Syrian village of Baghouz that was captured last month by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.

    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.