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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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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