'OUR STATE'

ISIS Leader Releases Audio Message

The Islamic State on Saturday released an audio message – purportedly featuring the voice of its reclusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – that says the Caliphate is "doing well" despite air strikes by Russia and the U.S.-led coalition. "Be confident that God will grant victory to those who worship him, and hear the good news that our state is doing well. The more intense the war against it, the purer it becomes and the tougher it gets," the message said. The message, which was posted on a Twitter account that has published ISIS statements previously, has not been verified.