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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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Why ISIS and Baghdadi will survive losing Mosul, Raqqa

When Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi stood in the pulpit of a mosque in…
Courtesy: Human RightsWatch an aerial view of Nahrawan, south of Kirkuk before and after the Kurdish militia attacks. Between September 2014 and May 2016, Human Rights Watch said Kurdish militias had attacked and uprooted residents of 20 towns and destroyed 62 villages in northern Iraq.

Kirkuk, Mosul and the ever-changing demographics of Iraq

While receiving world acclaim for their role in the fight…
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Iran invests in the Mahdi Army

Iran is looking for a new Hizbullah in Iraq and seems to have…
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A balance sheet on Tarek Aziz

In the late 1950s, a young Iraqi fugitive showed up at a…
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Iraqi politics: A circle from Iran to Iran

Abadi needs to bring independent Sunnis to power and…
Prime Minister Abadi in 2014.

Careful what you wish for in Iraq

Critics who have welcomed Iraq Prime Minister Nuri al-Malki's…
Saddam Hussein and Husni Mubarak in January 1990.

Revenge or justice for Husni Mubarak

I never imagined a day when I would see Saddam Hussein and…
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Masoud Barazani's strong hand

The results of the presidential elections in Iraqi Kurdistan…
Ayad Allawi, the leader of Iraq's main Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc and former Prime Minister is interviewed by Der Spiegel staff in Baghdad, on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. (Hadi Mizban/AP for Der Spiegel)

Moubayed speaks to to Prime Minister Iyad Allawi

As Prime Minister of Iraq from May 2004 to April 2005, IyadAllawi…