ISIS leader in rare recording: Jews give everything to fight against jihad

"Jews, Christians, Shiite heretics and all nations have allocated their media, all their money, all their equipment, and all their armies to fight against Muslims and jihad fighters in Mosul."

November 3, 2016 09:55
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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al Baghdadi made a rare public appearance at a mosque in the center of Mosul, on July 5, 2014.. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Elusive Islamic State leader Abu Bkr al-Baghdadi called upon residents of Mosul on Thursday to fight what he said are the enemies of God, and called on ISIS fighters to destroy the Iraqi city's "infidels" and invade Turkey.

In a 31-minute audio recording published by the organization "Al-Furkan" under the title "This is what we were promised by Allah and His messenger," two weeks after the beginning of the Iraqi military's operation to liberate Mosul, Baghdadi mainly addressed the battle for the ISIS-held city.

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He warned his men against retreat or escape from battle.

"Total war and the great Jihad is waged by the Islamic State today, with Allah's help we amplify our strong belief that everything is dedicated to the great victory," said Baghdadi in his first released tape of this year. "It is a sign heralding the victory that Allah revealed is assured to His followers."

Baghdadi added that "Jews, Christians, Shiite heretics and all nations have allocated their media, all their money, all their equipment, and all their armies to fight against Muslims and jihadi fighters in Mosul after they saw it as one of the bases of Islam and a beacon of the caliphate."

He warned fighters against weakness in the Jihad: "soldiers of the caliphate, if you succeed in standing in front of United States aircraft and members of its alliance, then stand firm." He also called on suicide bombers to "turn the night of the infidels into day. Completely destroy their homes and make their blood flow in rivers."

The ISIS leader also appealed to Sunni residents of Iraq and told them that Shi'ites had invaded their country. "They kill your men and women," he said, and warned against the Shi'ite invasion of Sunni countries.

Baghdadi attacked Turkey for its alliance with the "infidel converts," as he put it. In addition, called on Hezbollah fighters to invade the country, and turn it into a flaming war zone. He also called on Syria to kill all Turkish soldiers. "Caliphate soldiers of the Levant, Turkish heretic soldiers have come to you, and their blood is like the blood of a dog, so show them cruelty, roast them with furious fire, and take revenge for the sake of religion on the brothers of devils and the allies of those who have converted."

Even Saudi Arabia was included in Baghdadi's all-out verbal war. In the tape, he called on his men to harm Saudi police personnel, princes, ministers, writers and journalists.

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