THE DESPERATE leader of the crumbling Islamic State (ISIS) terror group has tried to portray its crushing recent defeats as a blessing from Allah in a rambling message calling on Muslims worldwide to take up arms.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi assured followers his so-called Caliphate is “fine and expanding everyday” in a bizarre audio recording issued just hours after Iraqi forces liberated the key city of Ramadi and Kurdish Peshmerga recaptured a strategic dam.
In a desperate call for support the terrorist leader admitted that Western and Russian airstrikes have had a “calamitous” toll on ISIS, but brushed off the death and mutilation of thousands of its fighters as a “blessing from Allah” which are simply part of a “pre-destined ordeal”.
He also bizarrely welcomed the recent widespread desertion amongst ISIS ranks, branding deserters “hypocrites and agents” and insisting that the numbers of fighters abandoning the jihadis every day is actually making the group stronger.
The unhinged message, which was circulated amongst jihadi fighters online, is the latest evidence that the increasingly fragile hate group is falling apart amid reports it is desperately short of both fighters and weapons.
In it Baghdadi calls for Muslims worldwide to travel Syria to help defend the so-called Caliphate as part of a desperate last stand against liberating forces.
He paints the seemingly impending collapse of the terrorist group as a “battle of all the infidels against all the Muslims”, adding that “each time that the number of nations against us grows, so too does the certainty of the help of Allah and the fact that we are on the right path”.
He says: “O Muslims, the current battle is not a simple crusade, but a war of all the nations of the infidel nations against the Islamic State. It has never happened in the history of our people that the world has gathered in a single battle like the one taking place today.”
The fact that the incredibly reclusive Baghdadi, who has not been seen in public for more than a year, has chosen to issue such a call to arms now was seen as a sign of ISIS’ growing desperation in the face of ultimate annihilation.
In the chilling message the terrorist supremo also warned of further attacks against Israel and the West, urging the “sons of immigrants” to rise up against their adopted countries and wreak bloodshed.
ISIS has suffered a series of devastating defeats in recent weeks, culminating today when the Iraqi army recaptured the vital city of Ramadi. Kurdish forces in northern Iraq and Syria have also begun pushing the terrorists back, with their so-called Caliphate having shrunk by around a sixth this year alone.
This evening Kurdish leaders announced the capture of the key Tishrin dam, in Syria, which was taken after Peshmerga special forces stormed ISIS positions.
Morale is thought to be low amongst the group’s fighters following a series of high-profile catastrophes, including a bloodbath earlier this month when Peshmerga fighters aided by Canadian special forces mowed down 200 jihadis just outside Mosul.
But Bahgdadi claimed: “Don’t worry, O Muslims, your state is fine and expanding every day, and with every harshness that comes upon it, it spits out the hypocrites and agents and becomes more firm and strong.
“If we are touched by death, or by injuries, if we are weakened or hit by calamity, there is no need to be surprised. This is the blessing of Allah upon us, for such an ordeal is predestined.”
In a rambling message the terrorist leader also claimed ISIS is “getting closer every day” to carrying out fresh atrocities and warned world leaders that his group has “not forgotten Palestine for a minute”.
Baghdadi also attacked a new coalition of Muslim countries, headed by Saudi Arabia, which has been formed to wipe the evil terrorists off the face of the earth once and for all.
He ranted: “They announced lately a coalition… falsely called ‘Islamic,’ and announced its goal is to fight the caliphate. If this coalition were Islamic, it would have announced victory and aid to the people of Syria.
Calling on the sons of Muslim immigrants to rise up against their adopted nations, he added: “And soon, soon with God’s permission, you will hear the footsteps of the mujahideen… We are getting closer to you day by day.”
The 24-minute recording, which was released yesterday, is Baghdadi’s first message to his followers in more than seven months. Since he last addressed them ISIS has suffered a series of devastating defeats, with Russia entering the aerial bombardment against it in Syria.
Baghdadi last appeared in public in the summer of 2014, when he made a speech to ISIS supporters in Mosul. Whilst it is impossible to completely verify the audio recording, experts said the voice on it closely resembles that of the ISIS leader. Although it is unclear exactly when the message was recorded, it is known to be recently as the Saudi coalition was only announced on December 16.