Isis leader al-Baghdadi 'appears in first public video sermon'

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamist militant group Isis, has called on Muslims to to join Islam and fight for their rights in what appears to be his first public video sermon.

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Isis chief: Mujahideen has 'achieved their objectives'

A recording purportedly showing the leader of the Islamist militant group Isis reportedly called the man "Caliph Ibrahim, emir of the faithful in the Islamic State," according to Reuters.

The man is believed to be Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, although it was not possible to immediately confirm the identity of the man. According to the video, he said:

God has granted your brothers, the Mujahideen, victory and a conquest after years of patience and holy struggle, and enabled them to achieve their objective.

I was appointed in charge of you, though I am not the best or better than you, so if you see me in the right, then help me, and if you see me in the wrong, advise me and put me right.

Leader of Islamic State 'appears in first video sermon'

Video purportedly shows Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi giving a sermon during Friday prayers. Credit: YouTube

The leader of the Islamist militant group Isis has purportedly led Friday prayers at Mosul's Nuriddin Mosque this week. It is believed to be the first time notoriously secretive jihadi Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has made such an appearance in public.

Video footage emerged on YouTube of a man reported to be al-Baghdadi, talking about Islam and reading out different paragraphs of the Qur'an. He called on Muslims to join Islam and fight for their rights.

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