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'New Baghdadi tape' posted by Islamic State group

'New Baghdadi tape' posted by Islamic State group

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Islamic State militants have released what appears to be an audio recording of their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.A speaker who sounds like the IS leader seems to refer to recent North Korean threats against Japan and the US.He also talks of battles for IS strongholds like Mosul, which was regained by Iraqi forces in July.Baghdadi, who has a $ 25m (£19m) US bounty on his head, has not been seen in public since July 2014, leading to much speculation about his fate.The last time he appeared was to preach at the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul after IS overran the city and a "caliphate" was proclaimed. Asked about the audio, a spokesman for US forces fighting IS, Ryan Dillon, said "without verifiable evidence of his death, we have continued to assume that he is alive".A defence department sp...
Iraqi forces seize most of Tal Afar from Islamic State

Iraqi forces seize most of Tal Afar from Islamic State

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Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Iraqi forces have reclaimed a majority of the Islamic State controlled city of Tal Afar as part of a weeklong offensive.Iraqi Joint Military Command spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool said Saturday joint troops controlled 60 percent of the battlefield and 90 percent of the city center of Tal Afar in the northwestern Nineveh province.Troops liberated al-Qadisiya, al-Rabei and al-Salam and al-Bawari, as well as the central areas of the Citadel and al-Basateen, where they raised the Iraqi flag.Also on Saturday, paramilitary troops seized the Islamic State's largest telecommunications tower and burned it completely to hide information.The offensive began on Sunday as troops worked to reclaim the last remaining IS enclave in the province after the fall of Mosul.Nearly 500 famili...