ABC News Online: Mosul: IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi audio orders militants to 'wreak havoc' against US-backed assault
With Iraqi troops battling inside the Islamic State (IS) stronghold of Mosul, the militants' leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has told his followers that there could be no retreat in the "total war" against the forces arrayed against them.
Expressing confidence that his IS fighters would prevail against Western "crusaders" and the Shiite-Sunni "apostates", Baghdadi called on the jihadists to "wreak havoc".
"This raging battle and total war [only increases our firm belief and our conviction] that all this is a prelude to victory," Baghdadi said in an audio recording released online by supporters on Thursday.
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WNU Editor: It looks like he has fled to Raqqa .... Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi 'no longer in Mosul' (The Guardian).
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