ISIS leader Baghdadi mocks U.S., references N

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Thursday's message comes nearly a year after the last message that was made public in November, 2016.

Almost 11 months since the last time Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi spoke publicly, the leader of the Islamic State purportedly broke his silence Thursday.

The audio, partly dedicated to religious scriptures, came after several reports Baghdadi had been killed.

Though the recording is undated, al-Baghdadi mentions not only the fall of Mosul, but current events such as the US-North Korea crisis and tensions surrounding the independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan. According to western diplomats, the Islamic State's most senior leadership are mostly believed to be around the city of Mayadeen in eastern Syria, now a key military target for the US -led coalition. Also other references about the Astana conference held earlier this month in Kazakhstan were made.

Three years after seizing control of swaths of Syria and Iraq, Islamic State fighters have been reduced to defending a shrinking swath of territory from USA and Syrian-backed forces. In Egypt's northern Sinai, another affiliated militant group is still fighting Egyptian military forces.

In Thursday's recording, the voice purporting to be Baghdadi's cast those defeats in a more generous light.

The 46-minute sermon by al-Baghdadi published on Youtube and the Telegram app called for his followers to rally to not "allow lives lost in Mosul, Sirte, Raqqa, and Hama be lost in vain".

The United States has offered a $25 million bounty for information that would locate Baghdadi.

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