ISIS released a new video today with statements from the Paris attackers, vowing to kill westerners in their homes and chiding Muslims to join jihad now.
The 17-minute film, “Kill Them Wherever You Find Them,” was released in English, Arabic and French by Al-Hayat Media Center, the ISIS media arm that recently produced a new issue of Dabiq magazine. ISIS hinted at more on the Paris attacks in last week’s issue with a page featuring the faces of the terrorists over a backdrop of the French capital and the words “Just Terror.”
“Let Paris be a lesson for those nations that wish to take heed,” the page noted.
The highly stylized video begins with news footage and the voices of CNN and Fox News anchors narrating the Paris attacks as they unfolded on Nov. 13. Red crosshairs are superimposed on victims and police in the news footage.
Brahim Abdeslam, aka Abul Qa’Qa al-Baljiki, a French ISIS member who was living in Belgium and was one of the shooters at bars and restaurants the night of the attack, is shown firing a gun at targets painted on a wall.
Belgian restaurant attacker Chakib Akrouh, aka Abu Mujaed al-Baljiki, is shown viciously beheading a man in a desert setting, as are Frenchmen and Bataclan gunmen Foued Mohamed-Aggad (aka Abu Fu’ad al-Faransi) and Ismaël Omar Mostefai (aka Abu Rayyn al-Faransi).
Belgian restaurant gunman Abdelhamid Abaaoud, aka Abu Umar al-Baljaki, speaks in what looks like a home video shot with an ISIS flag and two guns for a backdrop. Samy Amimour, aka Abu Qital al-Faransi, the third Bataclan gunman, gives a wicked smile for the camera.
Ali al-Iraqi prepares to shoot an orange-jumpsuit-clad man in the back of the head. Ukashah al-Iraqi does the same. The Iraqis may have been the unidentified men on suspected stolen Syrian passports who blew themselves up outside the Stade de France.
Frenchman Bilal Hadfi smiles and makes the index-finger gesture of the Islamic State. He was the third Stade de France bomber.
An audio recording of Abaaoud, with a bathroom-type echo not indicative of ISIS studio equipment, warns “disbelievers who are fighting the Muslims” in French. “You are the ones who came to us. You are the ones who dared to come… you have declared a war that you have lost before even starting it.”
“Do you think that you can dare to come and fight the Muslims and then expect to live in safety in your land?” Abaaoud continues. “By Allah, we will make you taste terror, and you will taste it in your very stronghold… We are already in your lands. We will slaughter you inside your homes.”
As he speaks, crosshairs are shown on the head of French President Francois Hollande with the word “taghut [rebel to Islam].”
Abaaoud blamed civilians for voting for rulers that wage war on Muslims, and said for this they would all be considered targets. “Regardless of whether you are on a tourism trip or a work trip or are fast asleep in your homes. So expect more. Expect a mujahid to show up to kill you,” he said. “…You will not be able to stop it. By Allah, this is just the beginning… there is nothing between us and you but the edge of the sword.”
He added that they’ll also be “the ones who liberate Palestine.”
Amimour says he was sent on the Paris mission by ISIS caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to “cleanse the earth of disbelievers, whoever they may be and wherever they may be.” A man labeled “murtad [apostate]” is kneeling in front of Amimour as he speaks.
“We have come to you with slaughter, and indeed our knives come closer to your throats day after day,” the terrorist says in French. “…I send a message now to those remaining in France who claim to be Muslims. By Allah, I ask myself what you are doing there. We are being killed every day and you are there sitting idly, living among them, sleeping among them, eating with them, with these disbelievers, while it is within your ability to display some honor and spit in their faces.”
“If you can’t find a weapon — smash their heads with a rock, or run over them with your car and terrorize them.”
Mohamed-Aggad, also speaking in French with a desert backdrop with the same prisoner at his feet, warns people all around the world that “we have received an order” from al-Baghdadi “to kill you wherever you are.” To Muslims, he says, “What is the matter with you that you cling to the earth when you are called to march forth?”
Mohamed-Aggad then beheads the unidentified man in the orange jumpsuit. Amimour takes the head, holds it up to the camera, grins, and says, “Soon in Champs-Elysees.”
Hadfi then appears in the video wielding a knife with another prisoner at his feet. “We have come to you with slaughter,” he says before shoving the man in the orange jumpsuit to the ground and beheading him. “This is what awaits you, disbelievers,” he says while holding up the head.
The two Iraqis then take their turn at murder, with Ali al-Iraqi vowing to “enter Rome as conquerors, announcing the call to prayer therein, performing the prayer, and breaking your crosses.” They each shoot a prisoner in the back of head, labeled as “the fate of kufir [disbelievers].”
Mostefai, a blue-eyed Frenchman from tranquil Chartres with dark blonde hair, says before he beheads a man, “Do you think that you will live in tranquility? Never, for you have signed your own destruction… You will never sleep. Do you see this apostate? Imagine yourselves in his place. By Allah, you will taste exactly what he tastes, with this knife on your throats.” He also tries to guilt-trip western Muslims into joining jihad, insisting they’re not following their religion if they don’t.
The video ends with a shot of British Prime Minister David Cameron and the words, “Whoever stands in the ranks of kufr will be a target for our swords and will fall in humiliation.”