DAESH leader slams Saudi, threatens to attack Israel

Leader of DAESH terrorist group purportedly releases recording threatening to attack Israel and criticises Saudi Arabia’s efforts to form 'anti-terror' coalition

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

A file image taken from a video released on July 5, 2014 by al Furqan Media allegedly shows the leader of the DAESH terrorist group Abu Bakr al Baghdadi

Updated Dec 27, 2015

Leader of DAESH terrorist group, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi on Saturday pledged to target Israel and warned Saudi Arabia of its efforts to form a 34-nation "anti-terror" coalition in an alleged recording.

The recording, which is yet to be authenticated, comes in wake intensified air strikes conducted by the US-led coalition targeting the terrorist group in Syria and Iraq.

His message circulating among pro-DAESH social media users reportedly said that "They [Saudi Arabia] announced lately a coalition... falsely called 'Islamic,' and announced its goal is to fight the caliphate."

"If this coalition were Islamic, it would have announced victory and aid to the people of Syria," he said.

Baghdadi is known to attack Saudi Arabia in his recordings.

He also threatened Israel saying that DAESH has "not forgotten Palestine for a single moment.”

“Palestine will be your graveyard,” Baghdadi added.

DAESH has seized large areas in Syria and Iraq and declared a self-proclaimed state in 2014.

However, it has come under strain after being targeted by the US-led coalition air strikes on its forces and infrastructure. The attacks on the terrorist group were launched last year in September.

Russia, the main ally of the Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad, also claims to be launching air strikes on the terrorist group however, recent reports show that it has been targeting opposition and civilians.

TRTWorld and agencies