REVENGE: ISIS explains reason for Sri Lanka attacks


The leader of the Islamic State group has praised the attack in Sri Lanka and called it revenge for the fall of Baghouz, Syria, the last territory the extremist group held there or in Iraq.

The U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group said the acknowledgement of the Sri Lanka attack by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi came during his first propaganda video in nearly five years.

The 18-minute video released Monday by Islamic State’s al-Furqan media arm suggests al-Baghdadi filmed the video prior to the Sri Lanka attack.

It is his first video appearance since he delivered a sermon at the al-Nuri mosque in the Iraqi city of Mosul in 2014, declaring himself the “caliph” of the territory IS held.