|Islamic State releases video of its leader in Mosul in new assertion of authority|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
IRBIL, Iraq ó The Islamic State on Saturday released a video of what it said was its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, directing Friday prayers in one of Mosulís oldest mosques, an event that not only displayed the groupís military control over Iraqís second largest city but also served as a bold assertion of religious authority.
In the video, al-Baghdadi is referred to as the Caliph Ibrahim, a reference to the Islamic caliphate that the group announced a week ago in the area it controls in Syria and Iraq and to which, it claims, all Muslims owe their allegiance.
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