The Islamic State on Thursday released a recording of a speech said to be by its leader, potentially contradicting rumors of his death in a recent airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition seeking to destroy the extremist group.
The audio address, titled "Even if the Disbelievers Despise Such," after an Islamic verse, purports to have been given by Abu Bakr Baghdadi, the self-styled "caliph" of the militant organization. It was issued by the group's media arm.
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