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A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has made what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre of Iraq's second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on July 5, 2014, in this still image taken from video. There had previously been reports on social media that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi would make his first public appearance since his Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) changed its name to the Islamic State and declared him caliph. The Iraqi government denied that the video, which carried Friday's date, was credible. It was also not possible to immediately confirm the authenticity of the recording or the date when it was made. REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO, WHICH HAS BEEN OBTAINED FROM A SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE - RTR3X9AW

Abu Bakr back in Syria, readying for battle against US

According to senior intelligence sources in Iraq, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,…
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A Malaysian jihadist's journey from Facebook through Syria

Until recently, Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi was a relatively…
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The Philippines: a new source of grass roots for ISIS?

According to well-informed sources in Iraq, the self-proclaimed…
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Failed Islamic State?

Until a few years ago, Idlib was nothing but a sleepy and forgotten…
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Hamas powerless as ISIS gains ground in Palestine

A 28-year old Palestinian from an Arab neighborhood of East Jerusalem…
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Why ISIS and Baghdadi will survive losing Mosul, Raqqa

When Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi stood in the pulpit of a mosque in…
The Saudi jihadi commanding the battles of Aleppo.

Contenders of the Muslim Caliphate in Syria

Abdullah al-Muhaysini is challenging well-established Syrian…
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his wife Saja al-Duleimi.

Meet the First Lady of ISIS

Tracking information about Abu Bakr al-Al Baghdadi’s multiple…
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What an alternative Islamic State looks like

Murderous extremists are exploiting the Muslim world's…
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Seal of the caliphate in Gaza City

During the late 1990s, a young Iraqi Islamist self-proclaimed…