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Islamic State releases ‘new audio’ of leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi after long absence

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Islamic State has released an audio message of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the first purported speech in nearly a year from a man that intelligence communities are unsure is still alive, in which the leader can be heard urging people to stay united as the outfit is being ‘tested’ by Allah.

The man, in the audio message, could be heard saying to his followers that they were being tested with “fear and hunger” and that “glad tidings” will be rewarded to “patiently persevere”, according to CNN reoprt.

However, Reuters and other news outlets were unable to verify whether the voice on the recording was Baghdadi’s.

He was also heard saying that the losses being faced by the outfit were a test from Allah.

The message was released on Wednesday by the media wing of the terror outfit, but it is yet to be confirmed if the voice in the video message was that of Baghdadi.

The 55-minute audio statement entitled “Give Glad Tidings to the Patient” was released by the extremist group’s central media arm, al-Furqan Foundation, congratulating militants for recent attacks claimed by IS in Canada and Europe.

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The audio message was posted with a description claiming that the voice belonged to Baghdadi, who declared himself ruler of all Muslims in 2014 after capturing Iraq’s main northern city Mosul.

The recording also offered greetings to Muslims for Eid al-Adha, a feast which is celebrated this week.

In the message, a mention was made of the Syrian city of Idlib, claiming that Russian and Syrian military were about to storm it “with the help of traitors,” which is meant to refer to some Syrian rebels.

The message further called on Sunni Muslims to dethrone the government of Jordan — an ally of the United States and the United Kingdom.

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32 dead, 1 missing in Papua attacks, Indonesian police say

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JAYAPURA, INDONESIA- Security forces tried to recover the bodies of 31 construction workers and a soldier who were killed in one of the worst separatist attacks in Indonesia’s restive province of Papua, officials said Tuesday.

Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said 24 workers were killed on Sunday when gunmen stormed a government bridge construction project in a remote mountainous village in Nduga district.

Citing reports from several witnesses, Diaz said, eight other workers fled to the nearby house of a local parliament member, but an armed group came a day later and killed seven of them. However the eighth managed to escape and remains missing.

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“This is the worst attack launched by the armed criminal group recently amid intensified development by the government,” Diaz told The Associated Press.

Separately, Papua province military spokesman Lt. Col. Dax Sianturi said an armed group attacked a military post in Mbua village in the same district late Monday, killing a soldier and injuring another.

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