01 May 2019
Video of Islamic State leader confirms strategic shift to insurgency and will help group maintain international support despite loss of caliphate territories
Direct call for attacks will increase risk of both sympathiser and directed strikes in coming six weeks
France and Saudi Arabia will be priority targets having been named by al-Baghdadi, while Egypt and Russia are more likely locations for complex operations
Islamic State’s (IS) leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, appeared in a video released by the group’s al-Furqan media network on 29 April. Seemingly in good health, al-Baghdadi acknowledged the recent loss of IS’s last pocket of territory, the Syrian town of Baghouz, which US-backed Kurdish fighters captured on……..