“ISIS chief said to call for ‘volcanoes of jihad,’ after reports he was hurt in US strike,” Reuters, November 13, 2014:
Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called for attacks in Saudi Arabia, said his Caliphate was expanding across the Arab world and called for “volcanoes of jihad” across the globe in a speech purported to be in his name on Thursday.
Baghdadi also said that a US-led military campaign against his group in Syria and Iraq was failing. Reuters could not independently confirm the authenticity of the speech, which was carried on jihadist websites.
The recording came after contradictory reports emerging in the past week over the fate of Baghdadi after US-led air strikes against Islamic State group in at least two locations in Iraq on Friday night.
Major Curtis Kellogg, spokesman at the US military’s Central Command, said this week it had no information to corroborate press reports that Baghdadi was wounded in any strike on the city of Mosul in the north and al-Qaim to the west.
“We cannot confirm that Baghdadi was present when we struck the convoy near Mosul on Friday night,” he said.
“We conducted two airstrikes near Al Qaim Friday evening destroying an ISIL armored vehicle and two ISIL checkpoints but we’re not aware of another gathering of ISIL leaders in Al Qaim.”…