Fiery Islamic State cleric gives voice to militants

January 28, 2015 12:50 PM

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Fiery Islamic State cleric gives voice to militants

In this undated image obtained from a militant website on Dec. 12, 2014, Turki al-Binali, a Bahraini citizen who is also known among jihadis by two other names: Abu Sufian al-Silmi and Abu Hummam al-Athari, gives a lecture to dozens of worshippers and jihadi fighters inside a mosque in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in mid-2014. Al-Binali has risen in the ranks of the Islamic State group to become one of its top and most influential religious figures. (AP)

BEIRUT – Turki al-Binali has crisscrossed the Islamic State group's self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq with a pistol holstered at his side, delivering fiery sermons in which the 30-year-old provides religious justification for its bloody rampage across the region.

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