Baghdad: The Islamic State group on Thursday released an audio recording it said was of chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, days after air strikes on jihadist leaders in Iraq sparked rumours he was wounded or killed.
In the 17-minute message, the man purported to be Baghdadi made no direct reference to the strike against IS leadership but mentioned developments that have occurred since.
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