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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said in the 24-minute audio message that airstrikes in Syria and Iraq have only increased the Islamic terrorist network’s determination and resolve.
The intensified strikes by Russia and a U.S. led coalition, according to al-Baghdadi, have failed to weaken the group.
Al-Baghdadi said the U.S. and its allies have “learned from” recent lengthy wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and that his self-styled “caliphate” is doing “well” despite the unprecedented alliance against it.
The ISIS leader also mocked a recently announced Saudi-led Islamic alliance against “terrorism” and warns Israel that “we are getting closer to you” every day.