The Islamic State's (Isis) media wing reportedly released a new propaganda video featuring its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, on 6 July. The militant group first released a promotional poster with an image of their leader and captioned it "coming soon".
According to Voactiv, the 15-minute propaganda documentary was released by IS's (Daesh) Foorqan media branch. The video begins with Baghdadi describing the extremist group as an amalgamation of military and religion.
He claims to have upheld and spread religion, including enforcing the people's adherence to Sharia and "defend the homeland". The leader had last appeared in an IS video in December 2015.
In the latest documentary, IS claims to control 35 "provinces", including 19 in Syria and Iraq and 16 others in countries like Afghanistan, Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and Yemen. The video also provides detailed explanation of IS's education system, its mosques, ministries of health, agriculture, Islamic police forces among others.
The release of the video follows major attacks claimed by the terror group in countries like Iraq, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan. The extremist group is believed to have carried out numerous attacks during the holy month of Ramadan. The video was scheduled to coincide with Eid, which marks the end of Ramadan.
Recently, the terrorist group's cyber arm, the United Cyber Caliphate released a "kill list" of members of Christian churches and Jewish Synagogues in the US.