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The leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has appeared for the first time in five years in a video released by the terrorists

It is his first video appearance since he delivered a sermon at the al-Nuri mosque in the Iraqi city of Mosul in 2014.

The SITE Intelligence group says al-Baghdadi acknowledged in the video the defeat in the battle for Baghouz, the group’s last stronghold in Syria, and discussed the bombings in Sri Lanka that killed more than 300 people.

The video was released by Al-Furqan on Monday shows Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appearing with a bushy gray and red beard, wearing a black robe with a beige vest and seated on the floor with what appears to be a machine gun propped up next to him.

It was not confirmed whether the video is real or when it was made.

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