New ISIS Video Threatens Attacks On Washington & Other Countries That Move Forward With Airstrikes In Syria
The Islamic State released a video Monday with a warning for countries that take part in airstrikes in Syria and Iraq. The new video threatened the U.S. specifically, saying that countries which participate in airstrikes will "suffer the same fate" as Paris. The video was allegedly filmed by an ISIS subgroup in Iraq called Wilayat Kirkuk, and used televised footage of French President Francois Hollande speaking, as well as clips of body bags being loaded into ambulances. The video then cuts to extremists praising the events.
One man in the video specifically says that ISIS will attack Washington, should the U.S. engage in airstrikes against militants in Syria or Iraq: "We say to the states that take part in the crusader campaign that by God, you will have a day, God willing, like France's, and by God, as we struck France in the center of its abode in Paris, then we swear that we will strike America at its center in Washington."
One man in the video, identified as Al Ghareeb the Algerian, also warned Europe that more attacks were in the works: "I say to the European countries that we are coming, coming with booby traps and explosives, coming with explosive belts and (gun) silencers, and you will be unable to stop us, because today we are much stronger than before."
Though no one has been able to verify the video's authenticity, Reuters said it was posted to a website that the Islamic State has used to post most of its other messages. A total of 129 people died in the coordinated attacks at six different locations in Paris, and more than 300 people were wounded. About 100 of those people were in critical condition, according to CNN. Hollande called the attacks an act of war, and said that France would not end its airstrikes in Syria and Iraq. To double down on that point, French fighter jets — with help from the U.S. — launched the biggest raid yet in Raqqa, Syria, one of the cities currently held by the Islamic State.
At another part of the video, a man identified as Al Karrar the Iraqi spoke directly to Hollande, saying, "we have decided to negotiate with you in the trenches and not in the hotels."
Investigators are currently in the middle of a manhunt for Salah Abdeslam, a French national who was living in Belgium and was one of three brothers authorities believed to be involved in the attacks in Paris. Abdeslam's brother, Ibrahim, was one of the suicide bombers in Friday's attack. He detonated his bomb outside of the Comptoir Voltaire, a restaurant in the 11th arrondissement. Abdeslam's other brother, Mohamed, was arrested in Brussels Saturday.
Police also said on Monday that Belgian national Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who lives in Syria, is the man suspected of orchestrating the attacks in Paris, and is also the "brains behind" other planned attacks around Europe. The White House has yet to respond to the video with any information regarding its tactics against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.