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Head of extremist Islamic State group says will fight to last man in new audio

  • FILE - This file image made from video posted on a militant website Saturday, July 5, 2014, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq. The leader of the Islamic State group said it will fight to the last man, in a strident audio recording released on social media networks Thursday, Nov. 13, that was his first public statement since a U.S.-led alliance launched airstrikes against his fighters in Iraq and Syria. (AP Photo/Militant video, File)

    FILE - This file image made from video posted on a militant website Saturday, July 5, 2014, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq. The leader of the Islamic State group said it will fight to the last man, in a strident audio recording released on social media networks Thursday, Nov. 13, that was his first public statement since a U.S.-led alliance launched airstrikes against his fighters in Iraq and Syria. (AP Photo/Militant video, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey listens, at right, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, before the House Armed Services committee hearing on the Islamic State group.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey listens, at right, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, before the House Armed Services committee hearing on the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)  (The Associated Press)

  • Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, right, accompanied by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, before the House Armed Services committee hearing on the Islamic State Group.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, right, accompanied by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, before the House Armed Services committee hearing on the Islamic State Group. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)  (The Associated Press)

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 U.S.-led alliance began conducting airstrikes targeting the group in Iraq and Syria.

In the statement, released Thursday 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 rumors that he was wounded in an airstrike. It was not clear whether the recording was made before or after the incident.