New Islamic State Leader Issues First Video
Asks Muslims to obey him, advise him
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2014 12:01 PM CDT
Updated Jul 5, 2014 12:32 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The leader of the group trying to overrun Iraq and Syria in order to form a new Islamic state has made what is believed to be his first public appearance. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi released a video of a sermon he delivered at a mosque in Mosul amid reports that he had been injured or killed, reports the BBC. "I am your leader, though I am not the best of you, so if you see that I am right, support me, and if you see that I am wrong, advise me," he says. "Obey me as far as I obey God."

The words may sound humble, but the video marks what the Telegraph calls an "audacious display of power" for the man newly anointed as Caliph Ibrahim, leader of the group now known as the Islamic State. Referring to last week's declaration of the new caliphate and his position as its leader, he said: "The mujahedeen have been rewarded victory by God after years of jihad, and they were able to achieve their aim and hurried to announce the caliphate and choose the imam." Confirmation isn't possible, but most analysts who have seen the video think it is indeed al-Baghdadi, reports AP.

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Jul 6, 2014 11:02 AM CDT
damn where are the drones when we need them?
Jul 6, 2014 10:48 AM CDT
Caliphate taking over the Middle East. Sharia Law. Where did I hear about this before? Oh, that's right, it was GLENN BECK. And all the Democrats said it was crazy talk.
Jul 6, 2014 9:54 AM CDT
Not sure who to point the finger at, but we DID have this guy in custody at one time and then turned him loose in 2009. A pretty poor decision, huh?