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‘There is only one way for the US to gain victory,’ ISIS spokesman warns

By Rudaw 22/5/2016
ISIS spokesman Abu Mohamed al-Adnani.
ISIS spokesman Abu Mohamed al-Adnani.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A spokesman of the Islamic State (ISIS) said in a defiant audio message that his group would not be defeated, even if it loses its strongholds in Syria and Iraq or its leader is killed in US air strikes.

“Your threats do not frighten us and you will never win over us,” Abu Mohamed al-Adnani,  the official spokesman of the terrorist group, said in an audio message posted online Saturday.

The militant, whose real name is Taha Subhi Falaha, said that even if ISIS loses its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa or Mosul in Iraq, that would not amount to defeat, nor would the death of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

“The loss of Raqqa, Mosul and the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi would not mean that we have lost,” the spokesman said in the 30-minute recording.

He said Western reports about the group growing weaker – as US military officials have recently been saying – are untrue.

“You think defeat is the loss of a city or a land? Were we defeated when several cities of Iraq were taken away from us and we went to the desert? Will we lose if you control Mosul, Raqqa and other cities that were previously controlled by us: Definitely ‘no,’ because defeat is only the loss of the wish and will to fight.”

Naming several top ISIS leaders that have been killed in US airstrikes over the past several months, Adnani said their deaths – or the deaths of other living leaders – would not drive the group to defeat.

“There is only one way for the US to gain victory and that is by taking the Quran out of the hearts of Muslims,” Adnani claimed.

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aras | 22/5/2016
Just wait until Trump comes to power and he will bomb the shit out of these IS rats.
Matt | 22/5/2016
Isis is defeating itself with it's nihilistic philosophy that worships death and the murder of innocents. It is an embarrassment to Islam and the majority of Muslims especially each time one of its spokesmen refers to the Quran.
So | 22/5/2016
So Daesh don't think it will be defeated despite the lost of Syria and Iraq. When they lose both countries Daesh will become like Al Qaeda, hiding among the population terrorizing them, and become invisible when the American army come hunting for them like Osama bin Laden. If that is not losing, I really don't know what losing is
Joseph | 22/5/2016
I think that US don't underestimate these messages, there are hundreds of muslim people that live in poverty and desease, do you have interest of this?
hate turkey | 22/5/2016
You r running scared u ISIS pig. you do good defeating you self by always killing your own fighters.

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