Iraq Update 7.5.2014
“The video, uploaded to websites including YouTube, purports to show Abu Bakr Baghdadi, head of the Islamic State, an Al Qaeda offshoot, leading prayers in the Grand Mosque in Mosul, the site of a devastating military attack by Baghdadi’s forces last month that has helped ignite a Sunni uprising in large swaths of Iraq.
Baghdadi, previously known only through grainy mug shots and audio messages exhorting Sunnis to rise up and fight against infidels, appears as a bearded figure wearing the group’s signature black clothing and delivering a sermon from the pulpit, said to be during noon prayers on Friday.
In the speech, he congratulated fighters for the group, previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, for taking over much of the region from the Aleppo area of Syria east into…
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