Below is supposedly a new audio recording of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and it is titled, “This is what God and his Messenger have promised us.” The audio of al Baghdadi is unconfirmed as there have been multiple rumors of him being both severely injured and killed since the war against ISIS started. New images of the reclusive leader have not been published in years, the most common images are of him addressing followers in a Mosque in 2014. The audio is unlikely an older recording of al Baghdadi since it mentions the death of Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, an ISIS deputy who died in August. If this is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, it is the first recording published since December 2015.

The Independent conducted an interview with Fuad Hussein, chief of staff to Kurdish President Massoud Barzani, and he stated his government has evidence that suggests al-Baghdadi may still be in Mosul.

“Baghdadi is there and, if he is killed, it will mean the collapse of the whole [ISIS] system.” ISIS would have to choose a new caliph in the middle of a battle, but no successor would have the authority and prestige of Baghdadi, the leader who surprised the world by establishing the caliphate after capturing Mosul in June 2014.

Baghdadi has kept himself concealed for the last eight or nine months according to Mr Hussein, who added that the caliph had become very dependent on ISIS commanders from Mosul and Tal Afar, a city just to the west of Mosul. – The Independent