In a Rare Video, Islamic State Leader al-Baghdadi Seeks to Divert Attention From His Group's Losses
Apr 30, 2019 | 20:10 GMT
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- The recording confirms that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the Islamic State, is in hiding but still alive.
- Al-Baghdadi is trying to ensure franchise groups and grassroots supporters remain loyal to the militant group.
- Islamic State attacks are unlikely to return to the heavy volume seen during 2014 through 2016.