Infamous international ISIS terrorist Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has reappeared after a five year hiatus, releasing a video with a new message for ISIS:
For the first time in five years, ISIS has released what it says is a new video message from its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
In the video, a man purporting to be Baghdadi appeared to be wearing a casual outfit, sitting on the ground next to an assault rifle. He said the “battle for Baghouz is over,” referencing the last town held by ISIS in eastern Syria.
Baghouz was liberated from the terror group in late March, marking the collapse of the group’s so-called Caliphate.
In the video, the man praised recent bombings in Sri Lanka, which killed more than 250 people and wounded at least 500 on April 21.
He also referenced recent political events, including Benjamin Netanyahu’s election victory in Israel, the resignation of Algeria’s president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, and the fall of Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir.
The video was published by ISIS media wing al-Furqan on Monday. If authentic, it would be the first time that Baghdadi has been seen since July 2014, when he spoke at the Great Mosque in Mosul.
ISIS, also sometimes referred to as Daesh, has since released various audio messages that it claims are from Baghdadi — most recently, one in August 2018 where the man on the recording admitted that ISIS groups were losing, as ISIS lost its grasp on territory in Syria.
A spokesman for the US-led coalition fighting ISIS told CNN that the US was working to gauge the authenticity of today’s video.
“At this time, we are working to independently corroborate the validity of the video posted today reportedly showing Abu Bakr al Baghdadi,” Col. Scott Rawlinson said.
“We are continuing to support partner forces in their mission of an enduring defeat of Daesh, which includes the capability to finance their operations, recruit new members, and collaborate to conduct violent extremist attacks.”
In February 2018, several US officials who spoke exclusively to CNN said Baghdadi had been wounded in an airstrike in May 2017 and had to relinquish control of the terror group for up to five months because of his injuries. The assessment of US intelligence agencies was based on reports from ISIS detainees and refugees in Northern Syria, the officials added.
According to US senator Angus King — who recently returned from a bipartisan congressional delegation to the Middle East — US military, Iraqi and Kurdish officials told him there are still an estimated 15,000 to 30,000 ISIS fighters remaining in Iraq and Syria despite coalition forces retaking control of the territory.
“Among the most important takeaways from this trip is the knowledge of the continuing danger that ISIS can pose if left unchecked, and the importance of our continued operation to ensure they do not gain a new foothold,” King said. (source, source)
Shoebat.com has exposed and consistently maintained that ISIS is a creation of western governments in the same tradition of the Taliban. The program under which ISIS appears to have been created and supplied was called Operation Timber Sycamore, and it is the modern equivalent of Operation Cyclone, which in the 1980s created the Taliban in order to fight the Russians as part of a geopolitical conflict in Central Asia. You can read about ISIS’ ties to US intelligence, Operation Cyclone, and the history of the use of terrorism by the US government as a tool of policy in the Shoebat archives.
Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi is supposedly a “leader” for ISIS. But what are his origins?
According to Wikipedia, he was born in 1971 as Ibrahim Al-Badawi and was one of four brothers. He was not terribly bright, and had to re-take his high school exams twice, graduating at 20 in 1991. He was rejected by the Iraqi military because of nearsightedness, and his grades were so bad he could not get into the University of Baghdad. Instead, he studied Islamic law and the Koran at the Islamic University of Baghdad. He took up residence at a small mosque in a poor neighborhood in Baghdad and lived there until 2004.
When the US invaded Iraq in 2003, it is said that Badawi helped to organize small militia efforts but no conclusive evidence for this exists. He was arrested in February 2004 by American soldiers when visiting a family friend who was on a wanted list by the Americans, and papers recommending his release came from the US military in December 2004.
This is where his story becomes interesting, because there is a hole in his life from December 2004 to May 2010 when he was made a leader of ISIS. Nobody knows what really happened with him. One article says he was released in 2009, however there is no clear data from the government about this.
What happened in those five years? Nobody can answer this.
If he really was in military custody, could it be that part of his “custody” was also a cover for providing him with military training?
We know for a fact that ISIS owes its existence to Western governments, and Operation Timber Sycamore shows this, for it was the equivalent of what Operation Cyclone was for the Taliban in the 1980s.
Did we train Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi?
That is a question yet to be answered. However, the concept of it would not be inconsistent with the historical precedent for the US.
That said, Al-Badawai, now Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, masterminded with the Islamic State of Iraq the August 28, 2011 suicide bombing of the Umm Al-Qura mosque in Baghdad.
Note that August 2011 was also in the period leading up to the 2012 elections. Al-Baghdadi’s “video” debut was in 2014, marking the height of his popularity. Since then, he releases one message every six months to a year supporting ISIS.
Indeed, how does a veritable high-school flunkie turned small-time preacher in a poor area of a city that nobody goes to save for the locals go to leading a supposed international terrorist organization? He could barely pass high school, and he can outsmart the entire US military?
Is he just so clever, like Lloyd and Harry from Dumb and Dumber, who were too stupid to live and too dumb to die?
That would be highly unlikely.
The questions that one needs to know, is where was he from the end of 2004 to the beginning of 2010, and why to that he also just happens to appear around the election cycle?
As one thinks about this, one should also observe that as the 2020 election draws closer, one should expect to see more terrorist attacks, for indeed, they are excellent political fodder to feed the masses with.