ABU Bakr al-Baghdadi is the elusive leader of terror cult ISIS and one of the world’s most wanted men.
After being presumed dead on more than one occasion, the depraved extremist re-emerged in an audio recording in September 2017.
Who is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi?
The terror chief is believed to have been born in Samarra, north of Iraqi capital Baghdad, in 1971.
He was reportedly a cleric in a mosque when the city was invaded by US-led forces in 2003.
While reports differ on when al-Baghdadi was radicalised, it has been suggested that he was brainwashed in Camp Bucca, a US prison in southern Iraq.
He was previously the leader of extremist group al-Qaeda in Iraq which eventually transformed into ISIS in 2010.
Al-Baghdadi’s only known public appearance on video was in 2014 when he delivered a sermon in Mosul, Iraq.
The so-called “caliphate” had been declared by the sinister terror chief and his followers earlier that year.
Nicknamed the “invisible sheikh”, al-Baghdadi reportedly wears a mask while speaking to his sick band of thugs, reports the BBC.
Before the September, 2017, the last known message from al-Baghdadi was in December, 2016.
Since the terror boss’ disappearance, ISIS have suffered heavy defeats in Iraq, Syria and Libya – including losing control of Mosul in July, 2017.
There have also been numerous unsubstantiated reports of the death cult leader’s demise over the years.
What did al-Baghdadi say in his latest audio message?
In September, ISIS released a recording of what it claims is al-Baghdadi, calling on jihadists under pressure in Syria and Iraq to “resist” their enemies.
In his first alleged message in nearly a year and following reports of his possible death, the elusive jihadist leader called on his supporters to target the “media centres” of countries fighting his group.
The United States said it was verifying the recording, but also that it had “no reason to doubt” its authenticity.
“The leaders of the Islamic State and its soldiers have realised that the path to… victory is to be patient and resist the infidels whatever their alliances,” Baghdadi allegedly said in the recording.
It was not clear when the message, released by the ISIS-affiliated Al-Furqan media group, was recorded.
But his reference to tensions between North Korea and the US would suggest it was recorded recently.
He said: “North Korea is now threatening America and Japan with nuclear power” and “America, Europe and Russia are living in a state of terror… fearing the strikes of the mujahideen”.
Al-Baghdadi also lashed out at “infidel nations headed by America, Russia and Iran” who, along with their allies, have inflicted losses on the jihadists during separate offensives against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
“We will remain, we will resist and be patient… We will not give in,” he said, a day after Iraqi forces defeated ISIS fighters who had seized areas in a surprise offensive around Ramadi west of Baghdad.