CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State's media network on Monday issued an audio message purporting to come from its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi saying operations were taking place daily and urging freedom for women jailed in Iraq and Syria over their alleged links to the group.
"Daily operations are underway on different fronts," he said in the 30-minute tape published by the Al Furqan network, in what would be his first message since April. He cited several regions such as Mali and the Levant but gave no dates.
The American-born ISIS member recently captured by a Kurdish militia has bizarrely claimed that the brutal executions carried out by the terrorist group were basically the same thing as what they do back in his home state of Texas.
"I think, with the beheadings, okay that's execution," Warren Christopher Clark told NBC News' Richard Engel during a recent interview in Syria. "I'm from the United States, from Texas. They like to execute people too. So I really don't see any different. Maybe they might do it off camera, but it's the same."
But a segment on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace really drove home that this talking point is total bullshit, while showing White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders twisting herself into pretzels trying to make the statistics fit the administration's dubious narrative.