Turns out our friend “Caliph” Ibrahim is still among the living:
An audio recording of the speech by the leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was distributed online, along with Arabic, English and Russian transcripts. It was first reported by the SITE Intelligence Group, a jihadist monitoring organization.
Mr. Baghdadi’s speech appeared to end days of rumors that he had been killed or hurt in an airstrike carried out in northwestern Iraq on Saturday by the American-led coalition fighting the Islamic State.
It was not clear precisely when the recording was produced. But it alluded to an event that took place on Monday, when an Egyptian militant organization pledged its loyalty to the Islamic State.
Better luck next time, I guess?