The Islamic State vowed to behead “pharaoh” President Trump in a new feature-length video claiming that the current “new phase” of jihad is “purification for the believers, destruction for the disbelievers.”
ISIS’ official al-Hayat Media Foundation teased “Flames of War II: Until the Final Hour” with a trailer distributed extensively Wednesday across many open media platforms including YouTube and Google Drive.
The precursor to the sequel was the September 2014 ISIS movie “Flames of War,” which concluded with a mass execution led by a masked man with a North American, maybe Canadian, accent. The FBI circulated a segment of the video online afterward trying to learn more about the man’s identity.
The new, nearly hour-long video was released in Arabic and English, with the latter version narrated by an American-accented jihadist who has voiced other ISIS productions.
After showing clips of President Obama talking about the global anti-ISIS coalition, the video introduced Trump as “a new pharaoh even more foolish than his predecessor who believed he could fight fire with fire.”
The ISIS filmmakers used footage of Trump saying at a campaign rally in November 2015 that he would “bomb the shit” out of ISIS and interspersed Trump clips with bloody video clips purportedly from residential areas hit by U.S. airstrikes.
“They equated their safety with the destruction of Islam and its people,” the narrator said, adding “they failed.” The video then showed Trump using the words “radical Islamic terrorism” in his address to Congress.
The video used footage from the October mass shooting in Las Vegas and the July 2016 truck attack in Nice, France. The terror group supplied no evidence to support their continued claim that Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock was their own Abu Abdul Bar al-Amriki; authorities have maintained they have discovered no terrorist links as a motive remains elusive.
ISIS claimed that now “the jihad enters a new phase: purification for the believers, destruction for the disbelievers,” and wrote off defeats as “purifying the camp of the believers with a real shake and removing the mask of the pretenders, the blamers and the abandoners.”
Not directly addressing but alluding to ISIS’ vast territorial losses in Iraq and Syria, the video showed Palmyra battle scenes while waxing about fighters who didn’t give up in the name of Islam and extolling ISIS adherents who “make their jihad worldwide — not linked to color, race or land.”
One English-speaking jihadist with an African accent on the ground in Syria told the filmmaker that “we came here to take over this place, inshallah, and implement the Sharia,” vowing that next “we will take the neck off of Trump” and put the ISIS banner on the White House.
The film shifts to battle scenes from Sinai, also referring to Egypt’s president as pharaoh and giving instructions to jihadists to “beware of abandoning a single hand span of land until you have made it into an inferno for the criminal kuffar [disbelievers]: ambush them, besiege them, lie in wait for them at every outpost.”
“Flames of War II” ends with another mass execution — making the victims dig their own graves first — and the same North American jihadist speaking to the camera that the FBI sought after part one.