Middle East

U.S. says 'no reason to doubt' authenticity al-Baghdadi video

  • A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has made what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre of Iraq's second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on July 5, 2014, in this still image taken from video. REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV

WASHINGTON: The United States has "no reason to doubt" the authenticity of a video posted on the Internet over the weekend of reclusive Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the State Department said on Monday.

"We seen, of course, the reports of the video. We have no reason to doubt the authenticity of the video," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said at a news briefing.

Islamic State, a Sunni militant group, has taken control of large areas of Iraq from the Shi'ite-led government.



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