Claim: Iraqi Terror Leader's First Appearance in Video

July 5, 2014 6:17 PM

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Claim: Iraqi Terror Leader's First Appearance in Video

The shadowy and rarely-photographed leader of the ultra-violent jihadi group the Islamic State was alleged to have appeared for the first time publicly in a video today, delivering a fiery sermon at a mosque in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which his fighters had taken and occupied this month in a brutal offensive.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the nom de guerre of the extremist militants' leader Khalifah Ibrahim, made his dramatic debut dressed head to foot in black, with a bushy black beard streaked with gray.

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