ISIS leader seemingly breaks 11-month silence in audio recording – CNNPolitics

ISIS leader seemingly breaks 11-month silence in audio recording – CNNPolitics

Friday, September 29, 2017

2:54 AM

By Tim Lister, Jim Sciutto, Ghazi Balkiz and Michael Callahan, CNN

Updated 1952 GMT (0352 HKT) September 28, 2017

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(CNN)The leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, seems to have broken his 11-month silence with a long audio message in which he mocks the United States, calls on jihadis to rally against the Syrian regime and insists that ISIS ‘remains’ despite its rapid loss of territory.

A spokesman with the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence told CNN: "We are aware of the audio tape purported to be of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and are taking steps to examine it. While we have no reason to doubt its authenticity, we do not have verification at this point."

The speech seems to have been recorded relatively recently, as it references North Korean nuclear threats against Japan and the United States, as well as Syrian peace talks — in which Russia, Turkey and Iran are trying to extend ceasefires across Syria.

The release appears to lay to rest claims by the Russian military that they had almost certainly killed Baghdadi in an airstrike near Raqqa on May 28. US officials say ISIS has largely been forced out of Raqqa as well as Mosul, and Baghdadi may be somewhere in the middle Euphrates River Valley.

That is an area that straddles Syria’s border with Iraq, to which much of the group’s leadership is thought to have relocated earlier this year.

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A spokesman for the US-led coalition fighting ISIS said they were not aware of the audio recording. "This is the first I’ve heard about it," US Army Col. Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, told reporters Thursday at the Pentagon by teleconference from Baghdad.

Dillon later added "without verifiable evidence of his death we have continued to assume he’s alive." Dillon said he was "sure our people" are looking at the recording, and if there is any information in the recording as to his location "we may have folks moving in right now."

ISIS’ retreat accelerates, but reports of its demise are exaggerated

In his 46-minute message, Baghdadi urged fighters ("the mujahideen") to persevere, and to show that the bloodshed in Mosul, Raqqa and elsewhere was not in vain "by clashing the shining swords and shedding filthy blood."

He appealed for jihadi attacks worldwide, claiming that "America, Europe and Russia are living in a state of terror," according to a translation provided by the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks jihadi groups. Baghdadi also rallied Sunni Muslims against the Shia, saying that they would never accept "half-solutions" — especially after all the destruction and the gains they’ve made. This appears to be a reference to Iran’s growing reach across the region.

Scholar Hassan Hassan, who has written a book about the rise of ISIS, said in a tweet that a key theme of Baghdadi’s speech was that he sees ISIS’s fight as a "ceaseless war of attrition to deplete enemies." In that regard, Baghdadi claims the US decision not to send ground troops to Syria as vindication of ISIS’s strategy. (In fact, the United States has several hundred combat troops in Syria.)

Baghdadi says the US suffers from fatigue and Russia has taken control of the Syria situation. Baghdadi also echoes the message of another ISIS leader, Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, who declared that holding territory mattered less than the will to fight. Adnani was killed in 2016.

In his speech, Baghdadi says that the prophet had not told his companions when or how Islam would be victorious, "so that they don’t make victory or defeat dependent upon losing territory or some of the believers being killed."

Both US and Russian air power, as well as a variety of ground forces, are active in the area, but ISIS still holds some towns on the Euphrates.

CNN’s Zachary Cohen contributed to this report

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Trump waives U.S. shipping restrictions for Puerto Rico: spokeswoman

Trump waives U.S. shipping restrictions for Puerto Rico: spokeswoman

Thursday, September 28, 2017

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FILE PHOTO: People line up to buy gasoline at a gas station after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria, in San Juan

FILE PHOTO: People line up to buy gasoline at a gas station after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico September 22, 2017. Picture taken September 22, 2017. REUTERS/Alvin Baez/File Photo

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump waived shipping restrictions on Thursday to help get fuel and supplies to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, the White House said.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a Twitter post that Trump, at the request of Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello, "has authorized the Jones Act be waived for Puerto Rico. It will go into effect immediately."

The Jones Act limits shipping between coasts to U.S.-flagged vessels.

(Reporting by Valerie Volcovici and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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Hugh Hefner purchased the crypt next to which celebrity at LA’s Westwood Village cemetery?

Hugh Hefner purchased the crypt next to which celebrity at LA’s Westwood Village cemetery?

Thursday, September 28, 2017

5:33 PM

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  • John Lennon
  • Elvis Presley
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Marilyn Monroe

Question:

Answer: Hugh Hefner will reportedly be buried next to Marilyn Monroe at the Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles after he died of natural causes on Wednesday at the age of 91. Hefner famously bought the crypt next to Monroe’s for a reported $75,000 in 1992 – nearly four decades after he featured the Hollywood icon on the cover of Playboy’s first-ever issue in 1953. The issue, which sold 50,000 copies, catapulted the magazine to success. Other Hollywood celebrities buried at the famous cemetery include Dean Martin, Roy Orbison, and Truman Capote.

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In the 2011/2012 Official Rules of the NBA you will learn the definition of what term on page 21?

In the 2011/2012 Official Rules of the NBA you will learn the definition of what term on page 21?

In the 2011/2012 Official Rules of the

you will learn the definition of what term on page 21?

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Legitimate L _ _ _ _ G _ _ _

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

5:18 PM

Pop Culture

In 2012, it was announced that the Facebook version of a popular App with pigs would be available on a February holiday, and launched in what country?

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Answer: Indonesia.

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A 2004 Harris Poll reported that the majority of Americans prefer Olympic training be paid through what means?

A 2004 Harris Poll reported that the majority of Americans prefer Olympic training be paid through what means?

Sports

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Show first letters P _ _ _ _ _ _ F _ _ _ _ _ _

Thursday, September 28, 2017

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Who is the Texas Governor tasked with rebuilding his state after Hurricane Harvey?

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

4:38 PM

  • Greg Abbott
  • Rick Perry
  • Phil Bryant
  • Ted Cruz

· Greg Abbott 53.5%

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· Rick Perry 23.0%

· Phil Bryant 13.7%

· Ted Cruz 9.77%

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“You probably think this song is about you” is a famously lyric from which hit song?

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

12:58 AM

"You Light Up My Life"

"You’re So Vain"

"Every Breath You Take"

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Answer: "You’re So Vain" is a song written and performed by Carly Simon and released in November 1972. The song is a critical profile of a self-absorbed lover about whom Simon asserts "You’re so vain, you probably think this song is about you." The title subject’s identity has long been a matter of speculation, with Simon stating that the song refers to three men, only one of whom she has named publicly, actor Warren Beatty. Over the years Simon has divulged "letter clues" and has claimed that the subject’s name contains the letters A, E, and R.

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Richard Petty Motorsports created a team for Michael Annett to compete in the 2012 Nationwide Championship, with what chain of truck stops sponsoring his car?

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

7:42 PM

Richard Petty Motorsports created a team for Michael Annett to compete in the 2012 Nationwide Championship, with what chain of truck stops sponsoring his car?

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Car numbers: 09, 6, 7, 9, 10, 19, 41, 43, 44, 45, 46, 48, 79, 82, 91, 98

Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Manufacturer: Ford

Base: Mooresville

Sponsors: Smithfield Foods, STP, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Owners: Richard Petty, Andrew M. Murstein

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