In his first video appearance in many months, ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Thursday advised the United Stats that collaborating with Iran in the fight against his organization would profit no one but Tehran. DEBKAfile reports that, in his 49-minute tirade, Baghdadi appealed to ISIS fighters not to lose hope, but to carry on fighting, because, he said, history has proven that the few persistent fighters would be the victors at the end of the day.
He then warned Sunni Muslims fighting his organization that they were destined to be trampled under the feet of the Alawis and Christian infidels. Baghdadi then turned to the Gulf emirates, accusing them of secretly communicating with Tehran under the guise of anti-Iran opposition.
DEBKAfile adds: The ISIS chief has chosen to become visible at this time in order to disprove Russian claims that they killed him in an air strike.