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  • Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamist militant group Isis, has called on Muslims

  • to obey him, in his first video sermon.

  • Baghdadi has been appointed caliph by the jihadist group, which has seized large swathes

  • of Iraq and Syria.

  • The video appears to have been filmed on Friday during a sermon at the al-Nouri Mosque in

  • Mosul, northern Iraq.

  • It surfaced on Saturday amid reports that he had been killed or wounded in an Iraqi air raid.

  • It was not clear when the attack was supposed to have taken place.

  • In the sermon, at Mosul's most famous landmark, Baghdadi praised the establishment of the

  • "Islamic state", which was declared by Isis last Sunday.

  • Experts say the reclusive militant leader has never appeared on video before, although

  • there are photographs of him.

  • "Appointing a leader is an obligation on Muslims, and one that has been neglected for decades," he said.

  • He also said that he did not seek out the position of being the caliph, or leader, calling it a "burden".

  • "I am your leader, though I am not the best of you, so if you see that I am right, support

  • me, and if you see that I am wrong, advise me," he told worshippers.

  • Captions in the video referred to Baghdadi as "Caliph Ibrahim", a name he has used since

  • the group unilaterally declared him leader of an "Islamic state" last Sunday.

  • Shrines destroyed Earlier on Saturday Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri

  • al-Maliki fired two of his top security chiefs following the collapse of the Iraqi army in

  • the north of the country last month.

  • The chief of the Iraqi army's ground forces as well as the head of the federal police both lost their jobs.

  • Meanwhile, extremists led by Isis destroyed at least a dozen shrines and places of worship

  • in Nineveh province in northern Iraq.

  • Shia, Sunni and Christian targets were destroyed, with images of their demolition being shared on social media.

  • More than a million people have fled their homes as a result of the recent conflict,

  • and at least 2,461 people were killed in June, the UN and Iraqi officials say.

Isis chief appears in first video

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