Introduction — Sept 29, 2017
Readers will recall the numerous video and audio tapes of bin Laden sent to media outlets long after his death was first reported in December 2001.
If nothing else they helped sustain the idea that he was still alive and posed a threat. Even if the characters who appeared in the various videos often appeared very different to each other, raising questions of whether they were actually one and the same bin Laden.
Well now the same process appears to be repeating itself with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the purported leader of Islamic State. He was also reported dead back in 2014, following a U.S. air strike.
Nor was that the only time al-Baghdadi was allegedly killed. He was also reported killed in U.S. air strikes in 2016.
Despite this and claims the he is an Israeli agent, al-Baghdadi still appears to be making tapes full of threats to all and sundry. Just like Osama bin-Laden did once.
Call me a cynic but I cannot help feeling that, like the bin-Laden tapes, these al-Baghdadi tapes are being made by Western covert operations to sustain the illusion of a “terror threat”.
Note also that the following report doesn’t once raise the possibility that these a-Baghdadi tapes were in fact produced by Western psychological operations, psy-op. Meaning that if these tapes were indeed the product of a psy-op the corporate media is complicit in the deception. Ed.
Isis releases new recording of leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Martin Chulov — The Guardian Sept 28, 2017
Islamic State has released an audio recording of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, that appears to postdate the latest rumours of his death, in which he accuses the US of wilting in the face of Russia and lacking “the will to fight”.
The 46-minute tape, released on Thursday, was the first from the reclusive Baghdadi in nearly 10 months and gave several clues that suggest Iranian and Russian claims that he was killed in May were incorrect.
In the tape, Baghdadi refers to the “nearly year-long fight for Mosul”, from which Isis was ousted in August after nearly 10 months of fighting. He also referenced fights for Hama in Syria, where a push in recent weeks by Iranian-led militias has ousted the terror group from much of its stronghold in countryside to the east of Syria’s third city.
He also referred to North Korean “nuclear threats to America” and “Russia taking control” of the Astana peace process between the Syrian opposition and regime. Both matters have been headline news throughout the year, but the North Korean standoff has been particularly potent in recent weeks.
“The fighters in Mosul refused to surrender the city at the cost of their flesh and blood,” said Baghdadi. “Only after a year of fighting.”
Addressing people in Syria, where an armed opposition has all but lost the civil war against the Iranian- and Russian-backed Assad regime, he said: “What have you benefited from your pact with your supporters other than truces with [Shias]? Turkey and the [Awakening Movement] will give you nothing. If it was not for us, you would be worse off.”
Baghdadi’s whereabouts have been the subject of intense speculation throughout the past three years, during which time Isis rampaged through large parts of Iraq and Syria. He made one public appearance, in July 2014, when he climbed the minbar, or pulpit, of the Grand Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul to anoint himself as leader of a new caliphate.