The official spokesman for ISIS released a new message mocking President Donald Trump, even as the group faced annihilation in its final tiny pocket of territory in Syria.
Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, who has not released an audio recording since September, used his 44-minute speech to undermine Trump’s assertion that ISIS has been defeated and called on Muslims around the world to launch attacks to avenge last week’s mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, The New York Times reported.
Remaining ISIS fighters and their families had been pushed back to the last area under the group’s control—a ramshackle tent city in the village of Baghuz in southeastern Syria, close to the Iraqi border. Hemmed in on all sides by the U.S.-backed and Kurdish led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the militants were being pummeled by artillery and airstrikes daily. Though thousands surrendered, many were expected to fight to the death.
Despite the group’s dire straits, al-Muhajir mocked Trump’s declaration of victory over the group, which once ruled some 8 million people across Syria and Iraq. The spokesman called the White House’s claim a “state of confusion and contradiction that make it impossible for any observer to know what is meant by the word "victory.”
Source: News Week.