The Islamic State terror group has released new audio of what it claims is the voice of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in what would be the first recording to feature him since September of last year. In the audio, Baghdadi—whose whereabouts remain a mystery—urges his followers to “persevere” and continue fighting the group’s enemies. The 54-minute tape, grandly titled “Give glad tidings to the patient,” was released Wednesday. Its authenticity has not been independently verified. He also appeared to take time to throw shade at President Trump, reportedly saying: “America is going through the worst time in its entire existence.” He adds that Russia is competing with the U.S. over its influence in the Middle East. If confirmed as the ISIS leader, it would disprove numerous reports of his death.
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