IS chief Baghdadi appears for first time in five years: propaganda video

The chief of the Islamic State group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appears for the first time in five years in a propaganda video released on April 29, 2019 by the jihadist organisation. PHOTO | AL-FURQAN | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Baghdadi, 47, had a long grey beard that appeared dyed with henna and spoke slowly, often pausing for several seconds in the middle of his sentences.

  • He appeared for the first and last time in public in Mosul in 2014, where he declared an Islamic "caliphate" in the swathes of territory IS then held in Syria and Iraq.



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