The fall of Mosul effectively marked the end of the Iraqi half of the “caliphate.” AFP
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Daesh (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Thursday exhorted followers to stand fast and keep fighting in his first purported audio communication in almost a year during which his militant group lost much of its self-proclaimed "caliphate".The fall of Mosul in July effectively marked the end of the Iraqi half of Baghdadi's "caliphate" even though Daesh continues to fight in some territory outside of Mosul, the largest city they came to control in both Iraq and Syria.The United States has offered a $25 million bounty for information that would locate Baghdadi. Russia's Defense Ministry said earlier this year it might have killed Baghdadi in an airstrike on a gathering of Daesh commanders on the outskirts of Raqqa.
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