ISIS Threatens DC: Keep Up Airstrikes, and You're Next

Video showing rant against 'crusader campaign' hasn't yet been authenticated
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2015 12:02 PM CST

(Newser) – The Paris terror attacks were just the start if airstrikes against Syria don't cease, according to unauthenticated ISIS video that surfaced Monday—and the next target could be DC, reports Reuters. The video—which the news agency says was posted on a site used by ISIS, supposedly by militants north of Baghdad—features a man dressed in fatigues and a turban and labeled in the subtitles as "Al Ghareeb the Algerian." "We say to the states that take part in the crusader campaign that … as we struck France in the center of its abode in Paris, then we swear that we will strike America at its center in Washington," the man says in the clip.

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Europe gets an additional warning as well: "I say to the European countries that we are coming, coming with booby traps and explosives, coming with explosive belts and [gun] silencers and you will be unable to stop us because today we are much stronger than before." The idea of talks to end the Syrian war were also roundly dismissed in the video, with another man called "Al Karrar the Iraqi" addressing French President Francois Hollande: "We have decided to negotiate with you in the trenches and not in the hotels." A senior US official, however, tells NBC News that the video looks like many other ISIS propaganda videos and that it may just be bubbling to the surface because of Friday's attacks. (Read more Islamic State stories.)

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