Islamic State Releases New Video, Says US Is Target Of Next Attack

| by Nicholas Roberts
Islamic State Video.Islamic State Video.

The radical Islamic group known as Islamic State group released a video on Nov. 16 in which the group threatens to launch attacks on countries engaged in airstrikes on territories held by the extremist group.

The video comes three days after deadly attacks in Paris which left at least 128 people dead, and which Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for. French Prime Minister Francois Hollande responded by launching 20 airstrikes on the group's stronghold in Raqqa, Syria. CNN reported that Islamic State group's media wing, Amaaq, said that the sites hit by airstrikes had been abandoned and had not killed anyone, but CNN did not independently confirm that this assertion was true.

The new video opens with media coverage of Hollande's speech in the wake of the attacks on Nov. 13, and shows victims being put into body bags. Several jihadists praise the massacre, and then threaten other countries with similar attacks. The next specific target is Washington, D.C.

"We say to the states that take part in the crusader campaign that, by God, you will have a day God willing, like France's and by God, 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," one of the militants says in the video.

Another militant in the video threatens more attacks in Europe, saying that the group is coming with "booby traps and explosives, explosive belts and gun silencers" and says that "today we are much stronger than before."

The Independent reports that Belgian police surrounded the Molenbeek district in Brussels on Nov. 16. This district is home to many Muslim immigrants in Brussels. Seven suspects were arrested over the weekend in connection with the Paris attacks. Police are still searching for Salah Abdeslam, 26, one of the three brothers thought to have masterminded the attacks.

Sources: CNN, The Independent / Photo credit: Screenshot via Daily Mail