- New ISIS video shows militants speaking in English, French and German
- Fighter calling himself Abu Abdullah al-Britani issues threats against West
- He identifies himself as a British national and has a southern English accent
- Alleged French and German nationals also rant against West in chilling clip
- News comes as U.S. and Arab warplanes continue to hit ISIS inside Kobane
- Increasingly targeted strikes enable Kurdish fighters to force an ISIS retreat
Islamic State militants fighting in Syria and Iraq have released a new video showing fighters speaking in English, French and German making threats against Western soldiers.
Saying they look forward to slaughtering any Western ground troops sent to the region, the terrorists threatened to ‘chop off the heads of whoever you may bring’.
None of the men in the clip wear masks, although only three of them speak to the camera. One of the jihadists, identified by the nom de guerre Abu Abdullah al-Britani, speaks in a clear southern English accent, while the other two men identify themselves as French and German nationals respectively.
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Briton: One of the jihadists, identified by the nom de guerre Abu Abdullah al-Britani (right), speaks in a southern English accent, while the other two men identify themselves as French and German nationals respectively
Threat: Gesticulating wildly, the British Muslim fanatic goes on to say: ‘We will chop off the heads of the Americans, chop off the heads of the French, chop off the heads of whoever you may bring’
The Briton: Abu Abdullah al-Britani
Showing chilling bravado, the man calling himself Abu Abdullah al-Britani urges Western nations to send their troops to the region so that ISIS can ‘kill every single soldier, Allah permitting.’
‘We will take their weaponry as booty and these people will die… You cannot come into Iraq and think that you will take it. No way. We are willing to lay down our blood on this soil,’ he adds.
Gesticulating wildly, the Muslim fanatic goes on to say: ‘We will chop off the heads of the Americans, chop off the heads of the French, chop off the heads of whoever you may bring.’
He goes on to insist that the Islamic State have no chose of losing the battle against the West because they are backed by God, before saying ‘Know that we are fighting to die… and know that you are fighting for this world and that this is nothing to us.
Referring to Western airstrikes that have targeted ISIS in recent weeks, including those that have forced militants to abandon key locations in and around the besieged Syrian city of Kobane, al-Britani insists that bombing raids ‘will not divert us from our plans’.
He says that strikes ‘only strengthen us, and give us more purpose to be here’ before threatening to take the lives of any Westerner fighting against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
Al-Britani appeared in another propaganda video released in August, along with ISIS fighters from America and Finland, called ‘Eid Greetings from the Land of the Khilafah’.
In it he praises life in the territory controlled by ISIS, saying: ‘I don’t think there is anything better than living in land of the Khilafah. You know the rights and you are not living under oppression.
‘You are not living under rule. You are not living under the kufr. You are living by the Qu’ran.
‘As Muslims, that’s what we want and that’s what we need. We don’t need any democracy, we don’t need any communism, we don’t need anything like that. All we need is Shar’ia.’
Terrorist: Showing chilling bravado, the man calling himself Abu Abdullah al-Britani urges Western nations to send their troops to the region so that ISIS can ‘kill every single soldier, Allah permitting’
Chilling: Referring to Western airstrikes that have targeted ISIS in recent weeks Abu Abdullah al-Britani insists that bombing raids ‘will not divert us from our plans’
The Frenchman: Abdul Wadoud al-Firansi
Once al-Britani eventually stops talking, a man identified as Abdul Wadoud al-Firansi emerges in front of the camera and speaks in perfect French, with English subtitles appearing below.
Addressing his messages to ‘the swine Francois Hollande’, al-Firansi reads out religious passages and accuses the French president of using his country’s wealth to turn people away from Islam.
‘Wait. We are also waiting,’ he says. ‘Everybody knows how much money you and you coalition have spent and lost in your war against Islam.’
The young militant, who appears to be missing several teeth, goes on to say: ‘A great defeat shall befall you because Allah has promised that. You,. the coalition, will become the losers,’ he adds.
Al-Firansi goes on to make references to a 1,300-year-old apocalyptic prophecy that predicted a war between an Islamic army and ‘infidel horde’ in Syria.
Al-Firansi refers to Westerners as ‘Romans’ throughout his rant, in the hope of drawing similarities between the apocalyptic predictions in the hadith, and the modern reality of a coalition of armies aiming to destroy the terrorists that have been raping and the massacring their way around the Middle East.
He finishes he message with the words: ‘The reality is the Islamic State has returned. Victory after victory it gains territory… so die in your rage because this is the era of Islam.’
Addressing his messages to ‘the swine Francois Hollande’, French national Abdul Wadoud al-Firansi (right) makes references to a 1,300-year-old apocalyptic prophecy predicting war between Islam and an ‘infidel horde’
Militant: Once al-Firansi finishes speaking, another militant identified as Abu Dauoud al-Almani (centre) steps in front of the camera and speaks in German, which is again subtitled in English
The German: Abu Dauoud al-Almani
Once al-Firansi finishes speaking, another militant identified as Abu Dauoud al-Almani steps in front of the camera and speaks in German, which is again subtitled in English.
He claims the video is being shot in the Syrian town of Dabiq – where the aforementioned apocalyptic prophecy is predicted to play out – and urges Western nations to send their armies to fight ISIS because ‘We have been waiting for you for over 1,400 years.’
He also urges his fellow Muslims in Germany, Austria and Switzerland to join ISIS.
While up to 10 per cent of French nationals and approximately four per cent of Britons are Muslims, there are only about 1.5 million Muslims in Germany – less than two per cent of the population.
Despite this, Al-Almani is far from the first German citizen to embrace radical Islam.
Former rapper Denis Cuspert spent several years as a major player in the Berlin hip hop scene under the name Deso Dogg before embracing radical Islam and travelling join ISIS in Syria.
It is understood Cusbert now calls himself Abu Talha al-Almani and leads a unit of German-speaking ISIS terrorists operating under the name ‘The German Brigade of Millatu Ibrahim’.
It is not known whether Abu Dauoud al-Almani is a member of Cuspert’s militant unit.
As ISIS’ latest propaganda video begins, German national Abu Dauoud al-Almani chants religious slogans
Direct hit: ISIS are believed to have lost control of 20 per cent of the neighbourhoods they held in the besieged Syrian city of Kobane as recently last week. Pictured, U.S. and Arab warplanes continue to pound targets today
Earlier the dramatic fightback by Kurdish fighters battling against ISIS in Kobane continued overnight as intensified airstrikes once again forced the terrorists to retreat in strategic areas of the city.
ISIS are believed to have lost control of 20 per cent of the neighbourhoods they held in the besieged Syrian city as recently last week, with American and Arab warplanes continuing to pound targets.
Last night Pentagon Spokesman Read Admiral John Kirby said ‘hundreds’ of ISIS militants have been killed by airstrikes in Kobane.
There have been 39 strikes in the last two days alone.
The bombing raids have enabled Kurdish troops to reclaim vast swathes of Kobane, as well as allowed several hundred many elderly Kurdish civilians to flee the city and avoid certain massacre
Despite the gains, Kirby insisted the battle for Kobane is far from over.
An increasing number of militants have arrived in the city in recent days, confirming ISIS’ determination for the city to fall.
Blast: A large fire is seen after overnight airstrikes on Islamic State-held targets inside Kobane
Smoke: Kurdish officials said the YPG fighters are giving the coordinates of ISIS positions to the American and Arab warplanes, which has led to the bombing raids becoming increasingly successful
Offering an unusually detailed description of the fighting, Kirby told reporters there are now only a few hundreds civilians trapped inside Kobane, many of them disabled or too elderly to escape.
He said, however, that despite the deaths of hundreds of militants in recent days, a steady stream of reinforcements means the fighting in Kobane is far from over and the city may still fall.
‘One of the reasons why you’re seeing more strikes there is because there is more ISIL there,’ Kirby said, using an alternative acronym for the extremist group.
‘Their greater numbers are providing more targets for U.S. bombs,’ he added.
Kirby said Kobane remains in danger of falling to ISIS, who are intently focused on the city. ‘These guys want to grab ground. They want territory. Kobani is a territory they want,’ he said.
He declined to confirm or deny rumours that U.S. warplanes are coordinating their raids with the attacks by Kurdish fighters in order to maximise their intensity.
This morning a a Kurdish official in Kobane said US-led airstrikes have successfully pushed ISIS out of from parts of the besieged Syrian town.
‘The international coalition has fought ISIS more effectively during the last few days,’ Nassen told AFP by telephone.
Not involved: A Turkish army investigator uses binoculars to watch fighting over the border in Kobane today
Cheers: The intensified air campaign around Kobani has lifted the spirits of Kurds who have maintained a vigil watching the fighting from a hilltop just over the border in Turkey
‘Before they were in control of 30 per cent of Kobane and now they control less than 20 per cent thanks to the international coalition,’ he said.
Nassen said Kurdish forces were ‘flushing out’ IS fighters from the eastern and southeastern parts of the town on the border with Turkey, calling for more military assistance.
‘We need more airstrikes, as well as weaponry and ammunition to fight them on the ground,’ he said.
A monitoring group said the American and Arab airstrikes had recently become much more effective, killing at least 32 Islamic State fighters in direct hits this week alone.
Kurdish officials said the YPG had begun giving the coordinates of ISIS positions to the alliance.
‘The senior people in YPG tell the coalition the location of ISIL targets and they hit accordingly,’ YPG spokesman Polat Can told Reuters, using an acronym for Islamic State.
‘Some of (the militants) have withdrawn, but they regroup and return. But because the air strikes are working in coordination, they hit their targets well,’ he said.
He did not disclose how the YPG fighters were sharing the coordinates.
Joy: The sinister black flag of the Islamic State was torn down from Tel Shair hill near Kobani hill in a symbolic blow against the jihadis. It was replaced by the yellow flag of the Kurdish fighters
A Kurdish fighter plants the yellow Kurdish flag above Tel Shair hill after an ISIS flag that had been fluttering for more than a week was torn down
Force: A fighter jet takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Arabian Gulf to carry out an airstrike against Islamic State targets in Syria
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said one of allied air strikes yesterday had killed a group of Islamic State fighters just 50 metre from a Kurdish position.
Another had destroyed a two-storey building used by the militants.
The Observatory tracks the war in Syria using a network of sources on the ground
Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Observatory, said seven Islamic State fighters had been killed in clashes with the Kurds yesterday, along with at least six on the Kurdish side.
‘(The air strikes) are more serious than before because the coordination has grown in the last six days,’ Abdulrahman said.
Abdulrahman Gok, a journalist inside Kobani, said the latest air strikes had allowed the YPG to make some gains.
The intensified air campaign around Kobani has lifted the spirits of Kurds who have maintained a vigil watching the fighting from a hilltop just over the border in Turkey.
Dozens cheered as a powerful air strike hit eastern Kobani yesterday afternoon, sending up a plume of smoke.
Despite Kurdish advances, ISIS’ flag could still be seen raised over buildings inside Kobane yesterday morning
Flee: Islamic State militants run for cover in the Syrian town of Kobane during a U.S.-led coalition airstrike
Gunman: An armed man crouches behind a wall in Kobane yesterday morning. Cars and coaches with severe damage caused by ongoing are seen in the shot with him
Militants: Withdrawing their loyalty to the Afghan Taliban’s leader Mohammad Omar, the men – made up of the group’s chief spokesman Shahidullah Shahid (centre) and five regional commanders – said they will remain members of the Pakistani Taliban, but added they now consider themselves affiliates of ISIS
The official announcement of the six men’s declaration of allegiance to ISIS came in the form of an audio recording that emerged yesterday. However rumours had been circulating for weeks that several senior figures in the Pakistani Taliban were set to declare their loyalty to al-Baghdadi.
‘I show allegiance to the commander of faithful, Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Qureshi al Hussaini, and will listen and obey every order of you and will follow your orders regardless of what circumstances may be,’ Shahid said in the recording.
There is now concern that other senior figures in the Pakistani Taliban may defect to ISIS, including the group’s overall leader Maulana Fazlullah, who has previously voiced support for the terror group.
Despite several members having declared their ISIS sympathies, yesterday’s announcement is the first time any senior figure within the Pakistani Taliban has actually sworn allegiance to al-Baghdadi.
source: Mail Online