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IS chief al-Baghdadi: 'We will fight the West until the last man'

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The slow creep of Isil through Libya has gone largely unnoticed, but it is here, in a divided nation spiralling further into chaos, that Isil leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's (pictured) men are now finding fertile ground

The slow creep of Isil through Libya has gone largely unnoticed, but it is here, in a divided nation spiralling further into chaos, that Isil leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's (pictured) men are now finding fertile ground

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The slow creep of Isil through Libya has gone largely unnoticed, but it is here, in a divided nation spiralling further into chaos, that Isil leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's (pictured) men are now finding fertile ground

The head of the extremist Islamic State group has said it will fight to the last man.

The comments by the militant group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, came in an audio statement, his first since a US-led alliance began conducting airstrikes targeting the group in Iraq and Syria.

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The self-appointed caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (AP)

The self-appointed caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (AP)

The self-appointed caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (AP)

In the statement, released on social media networks, he says his fighters "will never leave fighting, even if only one soldier remains".

The recording appeared authentic, and his voice appeared to correspond with previous recordings released by the group.

Al-Baghdadi's statement came after rumours that he was wounded in an airstrike. It was not clear whether the recording was made before or after the incident.

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