Purported ISIS Leader Appears For The First Time In A Terrifying Video

Saturday, July 5, 2014
By Paul Martin

Prashant Rao
Jul. 5, 2014

The leader of a brutal jihadist group addressed worshippers in the militant-held Iraqi city of Mosul, ordering Muslims to “obey” him and calling for global jihad, in a video distributed online Saturday.

The appearance by the hitherto elusive Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at a mosque in Mosul for Friday prayers marks a significant change for the shadowy jihadist whose group has led a swift offensive that has overrun swathes of territory across five provinces north and west of Baghdad.

The IS-led onslaught has alarmed world leaders, displaced hundreds of thousands and piled pressure on Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as he seeks a a third term in office following April elections.

A video posted on social media on Saturday showed a portly man clad in a long black robe and a black turban with a long greying beard addressing worshippers at weekly prayers at Al-Nur mosque in central Mosul.

“I am the wali (leader) who presides over you, though I am not the best of you, so if you see that I am right, assist me,” said the man, purportedly Baghdadi.

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