ISIS Head Makes First Video Appearance

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A few days ago we reported that the blitz surge of the "cool", social network-friendly faction of Al-Qaeda known as ISIS, which over the past week went so far as to declare the formation of its own sovereign state, the Islamic State on the territory of Iraq and Syria, has so irked not only the conventional enemies of extremist fundamentalist Islam but also none other than al-Qaeda itself, which as we explained before may be forced to go to war against ISIS in order to preserve its waning relevance, status and credibility.

At the center of this rapid and dramatic ascent by a group virtually nobody had heard of as recently as a month ago is a man called Aby Bakr al-Baghdadi, who unlike the leaders of al-Qaeda, has kept an extremely low profile despite his recent appointment as "caliph" by the jihadists.

Until now.

As BBC reports, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamist militant group Isis, has called on Muslims to obey him, in his first video sermon. The video appears to have been filmed on Friday during a sermon at the al-Nouri Mosque in Mosul, northern Iraq. It surfaced on Saturday amid reports that he had been killed or wounded in an Iraqi air raid.

The release is notable because the reclusive militant leader has never appeared on video before, although there are photographs of him.

From BBC:

In the sermon, at Mosul's most famous landmark, Baghdadi praised the establishment of the "Islamic state", which was declared by Isis last Sunday.


"Appointing a leader is an obligation on Muslims, and one that has been neglected for decades," he said.


He also said that he did not seek out the position of being the caliph, or leader, calling it a "burden". "I am your leader, though I am not the best of you, so if you see that I am right, support me, and if you see that I am wrong, advise me," he told worshippers.

In other words, his first video was merely an ideological and emotional appeal to Muslims everywhere to side with him. It remains to be seen if Baghdadi will transform into just another typical Muslim blaming the sorry economic state of his country on Bush, something al Qaeda and others have done before him.

For those curious to see Baghdadi's complete video appearance, it is shown below in its entirety.


Baghdadi's full speech, translated courtesy of Francois Gatete, is below.

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Sat, 07/05/2014 - 13:46 | 4926824 DoChenRollingBearing
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Oh, just great, great...

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 13:58 | 4926854 COSMOS
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For a moment I thought they were going to put up Obamas picture.


Sat, 07/05/2014 - 14:05 | 4926890 Harlequin001
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You just know that life's going to be a barrel o' laughs with him in charge don't you?

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 14:07 | 4926894 TeamDepends
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Hmmm, he has a beard.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 14:13 | 4926904 Harlequin001
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yes, and a floppy hat.

You never know, deep, deep down under all that shit he might actually a nice guy...

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 14:16 | 4926913 ZerOhead
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< Add to "Kill list"

< Do not add to "Kill list"

This dude drones on worse than John Kerry.

Barry,,, whether or not this hutjob is actually working for you covertly to break up Iraq you have my unreserved approval to add his name to Tuesday mornings "Kill List"...

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 14:17 | 4926920 Harlequin001
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Let's be reasonable here, it was awfully kind of him to offer to be our leader, burden or not.

You have to look long and hard to find someone willing to do that round here....

All hail whatshisname...

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 14:42 | 4926923 Pinto Currency
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BTW, Baghdadi's line is a beauty for a guy running an organization cutting peoples' heads off:

"I am your leader, though I am not the best of you, so if you see that I am right, support me, and if you see that I am wrong, advise me," he told worshippers."


Sat, 07/05/2014 - 14:54 | 4927014 Manthong
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All that nifty architecture and craftsmanship and look who gets to use it.

Kind of like a caviar pate’ hors d’oeuvre with a dollop of shit in the middle.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 15:48 | 4927136 macholatte
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... just another typical Muslim blaming the sorry economic state of his country on Bush, something al Qaeda and others have done before him.


Others = Barry & Company = typical Muslim


Bra ha ha ha

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 17:57 | 4927364 smlbizman
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i never would have guessed this would be a musical....

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 11:47 | 4928989 Ying-Yang
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Obummer.. who's your Abu Bakr al-Baghdaddy now?

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 15:24 | 4927076 MakeMineADouble
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I am laughing my butt off.  You guys are killing me.  Can't wait for the "Iraq's got talent" version.  


Sun, 07/06/2014 - 05:52 | 4928496 All Risk No Reward
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Why can't I get the last iteration of the Iron Man series out of my head?

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 16:42 | 4927233 Lea
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Harlequin001, it's not kind, it's in the Quran. Before attacking an infidel enemy, you have to formally invite him to convert and obey. If he refuses, you can go ahead.

I wouldn't worry about this here one, though. First the bogeyman Bin Laden, then this one... it's getting a bit old. All aimed at scaring you Americans, who are already the most paranoid country on the planet. But, as it seems plenty of US suckers are still buying into the "international threats to America" BS, why should they bother with another narrative?

Imagine that: the only country never invaded by anyone, and which built itself on invading others (namely the Native Americans), is also the most fearful one. It keeps seeing dark conspiracies against "its security" everywhere, its own people included, and it rules by fearmongering on a grand scale.

Poetic justice?


Sat, 07/05/2014 - 18:00 | 4927371 Monty Burns
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Correct.  Despite what many people think they are not enjoined to kill the infidel.  You give him the option of converting and if he declines, then you can kill him.  Seems fair enough to me....

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 20:53 | 4927761 Dugald
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Barry is your leader, and what a fine job he is doing for you all......

now do I add a sarc thingo here or just call it irony?

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 01:28 | 4928331 Harlequin001
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Who said I was American?

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 14:19 | 4926921 Pinto Currency
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Sat, 07/05/2014 - 14:22 | 4926944 ZerOhead
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You're stealing my thunder...

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 14:39 | 4926982 Pinto Currency
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Sat, 07/05/2014 - 16:15 | 4927186 RevRex
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It's one of the first things they did after assuming control....

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 14:43 | 4926989 Pairadimes
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I sure don't see anybody offering to sell him a life insurance policy. Don't buy any green bananas there, Mr. Able Baker of Baghdad or whatever your name is. And earplugs. I'd get earplugs.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 16:35 | 4927226 daxtonbrown
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I suspect a whole bunch more towellheads need to die. Just my guess.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 20:57 | 4927777 Dugald
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I suspect a whole bunch more towellheads need to die. Just my guess.....


Why not send that cop that cop that beat up a black woman.....he's ready trained!

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 14:13 | 4926908 ZerOhead
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Sat, 07/05/2014 - 14:24 | 4926949 Ignatius
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I was going to make the exact same point.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 18:23 | 4927427 TruthHunter
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It doesn't really matter what we think of him. What 

do Muslims think? My guess is that 90% of Arabic speaking

Muslims think he's full of shit.

We've spent 1400 years sparring with these psychos. This is

just one more round.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 17:40 | 4927324 xtop23
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I would bet that if you checked his wallet ( assuming he's not a satchel guy ) you'd find a C I A cafeteria meal card in there.


Sat, 07/05/2014 - 19:46 | 4927602 Eirik Magnus Larssen
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Got to love the low-key racism. =)

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 20:25 | 4927699 barkingbill
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uh haven't you guys figured out.....this baghdadi guy has more faces then cats have lives? can't all be the same person. LOL.



Sat, 07/05/2014 - 13:46 | 4926828 Skateboarder
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Praise be to Allan. ALLAN'S. SNACKBAAAR!!!

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 13:58 | 4926865 COSMOS
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Sat, 07/05/2014 - 14:21 | 4926866 ZerOhead
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No no... the guy clearly said "Allah who's whackbar"...

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 14:02 | 4926877 F0ster
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"Allen! Allah! Allen!" Hehe :)

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 14:56 | 4927020 Squid Viscous
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"Isis, Isis baby!"

-Vanilla Isis

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 13:49 | 4926833 magpie
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Let's hope the Iraqis hit something important instead. Like the PYG in Raqqa.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 13:50 | 4926836 world_debt_slave
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beware the holy man

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 14:04 | 4926882 COSMOS
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I heard he used to paint watercolors before but was frustrated with his inability to make a living from Islamic art watercolors.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 14:58 | 4927023 McMolotov
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He has the Bob Ross afro growing out the bottom of his face.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 19:46 | 4927603 Eirik Magnus Larssen
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That makes no sense.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 22:20 | 4928002 StychoKiller
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Whoosh!  And Eirik Magnus Larssen loses one in the sun, because he never read "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich"

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 13:51 | 4926840 Duc888
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Hmmmmmmm let me think about this for a minute.


From their own web site: Role Playing

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 14:25 | 4926952 Crabshacker
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Sat, 07/05/2014 - 13:51 | 4926841 nmewn
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Seems like a reasonable fellah, very democratic and someone Obama could move Forward! with ;-)

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 13:53 | 4926845 Grande Tetons
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I will have a lot more flexibility once the dictatorship kicks in. 

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 14:05 | 4926886 nmewn
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Or words to that effect. Many don't remember them or Valerie Jarretts "...Obama take power and begin to rule day one." Not govern with respect to the other co-equal branches of government...but rule.

It takes a certain amount of arrogance to say something like that and I never forgot it.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 13:52 | 4926844 A Lunatic
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It's nice to be able to put a face to this portion of our wasted tax dollars........

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 13:53 | 4926846 magpie
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Sat, 07/05/2014 - 13:54 | 4926848 Skateboarder
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My friend, those go directly to is-real?

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