Baghdad: ISIS Chief Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi in a new message has said that air strikes by Russia and a US led coalition has failed to weaken the terror group.
“Be confident that God will grant victory to those who worship him, and hear the good news that our state is doing well. The more intense the war against it, the purer it becomes and the tougher it gets,” said the unverified audio recording, described as by al-Baghdadi.
Slamming the Saudi Arabia’s move to tie up with the Muslims nations to fight the group, Baghdadi has said that if it was an Islamic coalition, then it would have declared itself free from its Jewish and Crusader lords and made the killing the Jews and the liberation of Palestine its goal.
The terrorist group controls swathes of Iraq and Syria but has come under intensifying military pressure in recent weeks.
A US-backed alliance of Syrian Kurds and Arab rebel groups, backed by US coalition planes, said it captured a Syrian dam on Saturday from ISIS, cutting a main supply route of the terrorists across the Euphrates.
In Iraq, government troops were pushing deeper into the heart of the last remaining district held by ISIS in the city of Ramadi.
The last such online public message said to be by al-Baghdadi was posted in May. He has been reported injured or killed several times in fighting, apparently incorrectly.