CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic state leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in his first purported speech in nearly a year, has called on followers to persevere, according to a statement posted on the group's media outlet.
"For the Mujahideen (holy warriors) the scale of victory or defeat is not dependant on a city or town being stolen or subject to that who has aerial superiority, intercontinental missiles or smart bombs," Baghdadi said in a recording posted on his al-Furqan media group.
Reuters was unable to verify whether the voice on the recording was Baghdadi's.
(Reporting by Ali Abdelaty, writing by Sami Aboudi)
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Updated Date: Aug 23, 2018 02:06:01 IST