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Video said to show militant chief

Speaker on tape accepts ‘burden’ of leading new caliphate

Posted: July 6, 2014 at 3:39 a.m.

This image taken from the website of an extremist group calling itself the Islamic State purportedly shows the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon Saturday in Iraq.

This image taken from the website of an extremist group calling itself the Islamic State purportedly shows the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon Saturday in Iraq.

A video posted online Saturday purports to show the leader of an extremist group that has overrun much of Syria and Iraq delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq, in what would be a rare — if not the first — public appearance by the shadowy militant.

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