He also denounced many of the Sunni insurgent factions who defected to the allied forces and the Shiites and conspired to kill members of the Islamic State of Iraq. "Come back to us for we never forgot that you were our friends. But if you refuse to repent, by God, killing an apostate is for us better than a hundred Crusades," al Baghdadi said, in an attempt to talk members of the former Political Council of the Iraqi Resistance into rejoining the ranks of his group.
Al Baghdadi finally extended his thanks to all those who supported the Islamic State of Iraq around the world and specifically to "the smugglers and forgers, the jihadi media officials, and those who are fighting on the ground."
This is the second audio statement by Baghdadi in less than two weeks. On September 9, he released another statement marking the second anniversary of the creation of the group, where he called on the militants in Iraq to keep up the attacks against occupation forces.
The US military had said that al Baghdadi was a fictitious character but this claim was challenged last May when Haditha's police chief told al Arabiya TV that al Baghdadi was in fact Hamed Dawood Mohammed Khalil al Zawi, a former officer of the Iraqi army.