ISIS Warns of 'a Fire That Burns the Cross and Its People' as Raqqa Control Crumbles
The Islamic State downplayed the loss of Mosul and warned of "a fire that burns the Cross and its people" if the "atheist" Syrian Democratic Forces continue to win in Raqqa.
The SDF, which consists of Kurds, Arabs, Assyrians, Yazidis and other ethnic minorities, both men and women fighters and commanders, controls about 55 percent of Raqqa this week. The overall operation that cleared hundreds of square miles in the drive toward the Syrian city began in November.
In the new issue of Rumiyah, ISIS' online magazine printed in English and several other languages, the terror group focuses on these battles, claiming "our brothers in Mosul displayed steadfastness, perseverance, and conviction in the face of disbelief and its various forms, something not witnessed by history until today." It's been nearly a month since ISIS lost the city to Iraqi security forces.
"These people do not understand. They cannot grasp that every soldier of the Khilafah is upon the same ‘aqidah [faith] and methodology, all seeking to be killed in Allah’s cause. Yes, the soldiers of the Islamic State – without exception – are all prepared to fight in the cause of Allah down to their last drop of blood," states the foreword of the magazine. "And so we give glad tidings to the kuffar [disbelievers] that the soldiers of the Khilafah will conquer the land of Sham in its entirety, even if after some time, and will eventually reach their lands, with Allah’s permission."
ISIS also features a “A Mujahid’s Memories from the Battle of Mosul,” and claimed the SDF will "be filled with regret" for the Wrath of Euphrates operation, as the Raqqa offensive is dubbed.
"There are no borders when establishing the Islamic State... the determination to reside under Allah’s shari’ah and raise His word is not something restricted to any particular time or place," the terror group adds, noting their presence in "the Arabian Peninsula, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Turkistan, and even Malaysia, and the banner of the Islamic State will flutter fly in every part of the world."
In a Q&A with ISIS' commander in Raqqa, the Syrian city the group had claimed as their capital, ISIS still emphasizes the strategic importance of the city's location and stresses that "Raqqa was the base from which the Islamic State expanded, and the center for the Khilafah’s operations on the various fronts."
"As for the mujahidin, their morale is high, they have a desire to fight, by Allah’s grace, and they are aiming for one of only two goals: Either they attain shahadah [martyrdom] and meet the Lord of the creation, or they attain victory, conquest, and consolidation, inshaallah," the unidentified commander said. "The main goal of the Crusader campaign is to wipe out Islam and the Muslims, and to turn the people back from their religion."