IS audio calls on followers to avenge Syria push

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) – An audio recording purportedly from the Islamic State (IS) group is calling on supporters across the world to stage attacks in defence of die-hard militants besieged by United States (US)-backed forces in their last foothold in a village in eastern Syria.

The brief, minute-and-a half recording, released by IS supporters on social media and reported by the SITE Intelligence Group late on Monday said men, women and children in the village of Baghouz are being subjected to a “holocaust”.

The recording’s authenticity couldn’t be independently verified. It comes as US-backed Syrian fighters are making what’s likely the final push to take IS-held Baghouz.