Baghdadi expresses confidence that Isis will defeat Iraqi forces in an audio recording released online by supporters.
ISIS’ media arm has released audio purportedly featuring its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in which he says he’s “confident of victory” in Mosul, the group’s Iraqi stronghold.
n the audio, he expressed confidence in victory as Iraqi forces entered the city of Mosul where he declared a “Caliphate” two years ago.
“This … total war and the great jihad that the Islamic State is fighting today only increases our firm belief, God willing, and our conviction that all this is a prelude to victory,”
-said a voice purporting to be that of Baghdadi.
“Do not retreat … Holding your ground with honor is a thousand times easier than retreating in shame,”
“To all the people of Nineveh, especially the fighters, beware of any weakness in facing your enemy,”
-Baghdadi said, referring to the northern Iraqi province of which Mosul is the capital.
“You need to be one and united in your fight against your enemy. You should seek to raise the word of God on Earth,”