- ISIS is saying, "You think you got him but you didn't," counterterrorism analyst says
- ISIS releases audio made by the organization's top leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
- There's been speculation al-Baghdadi was wounded in an attack earlier this year
CNN Arabic speakers said the voice was consistent with al-Baghdadi's previous recordings and showed no signs of frailty.
Al-Baghdadi mentions the Saudi air campaign in Yemen, which started March 26. The recording seems to prove he survived after reportedly being seriously wounded
in a coalition airstrike in northern Iraq earlier this year.
The Arabic language recording was posted online along with written translations in English, Turkish, German, French and Russian.
Buck Sexton, a former CIA counterterrorism analyst, told CNN's Brooke Baldwin on Thursday that ISIS may be sending a message to its enemies.
"This is obviously ISIS trying to say, 'Yeah, yeah, you thought you got him but you didn't. Keep dreaming,' " he said.
Al-Baghdadi's health is important now that Iraqi authorities have said Abu Alaa al-Afari
, his top deputy, and a senior ISIS security figure named Akram Qirbash were recently killed in an airstrike. The Pentagon has not corroborated that claim.
Al-Baghdadi rarely makes media pronouncements.
In November 2014, a 17-minute audio was released on an ISIS social media
site in which he purportedly mocked the U.S.-led coalition put together to destroy ISIS as "terrified, weak and powerless."
That audio was released a few days after Iraqi officials said al-Baghadi had been wounded in an air strike -- a claim the United States could not confirm at the time.
Laith Alkhouri, a senior analyst at Flashpoint Partners, a U.S. outfit that tracks jihadist websites, said analysts believed the November audio was authentic.