ISIS Threatens US Troops— via Video 'Trailer'

Terror group channels Hollywood in 52-second clip
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 17, 2014 9:33 AM CDT
A screenshot from the video.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – ISIS has released a new video, apparently threatening to kill ground troops should the US deploy them—and it looks a lot like a movie preview, the New York Times reports. Amid slow motion, quick cuts, and music clips, the 52-second video (which YouTube has taken down), apparently titled "Flames of War," shows enemy forces attacking US troops before showing an image of George W. Bush with his famous "Mission Accomplished" banner in Iraq. There's also a shot of the White House, which, the Guardian suggests, shows it as a possible target.

After President Obama's voice says, "American combat troops will not be returning to fight in Iraq," the video shows apparent militants ready to kill kneeling men, the Times reports. "Fighting has just begun," the video says, adding, "Coming Soon." The clip appeared just hours after Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey told lawmakers yesterday that if initial efforts fail, he might recommend the use of ground forces. Though the video's production is by no means amateur, "it's not something that would require access to a big post-production house. I'd say it's more likely been done by a guy with a laptop," a TV commercial producer tells the Guardian.

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