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Islamic State boss seemingly alive and well in tape

Published:Thursday | November 13, 2014 | 2:57 PM

Islamic State (IS) has released an audiotape it says was recorded by its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, days after reports that he had been killed or injured.



In the recording, released via social media, the speaker says IS fighters will never cease fighting "even if only one soldier remains".



Correspondents say the recording appears authentic.



Reports that Baghdadi had been injured followed US-led air strikes near the Iraqi city of Mosul last week.



The 17-minute recording makes no direct reference to the air strike, but mentions some developments that have occurred since.



The statement calls on supporters of Islamic State to "erupt volcanoes of jihad" across the world.



It also calls for attacks in Saudi Arabia - describing Saudi leaders as "the head of the snake" - and says that the US-led military campaign in Syria and Iraq is failing.



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