In its latest propaganda video, ISIS has threatened to destroy Western cities such as London, Rome and Berlin as well as all countries it deems “nations of the cross.”
The video, released on April 4, referenced the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels that left 161 people dead, according to Newsweek. It declared that these attacks were a “cautionary message” to Europe and that suicide bombers who carried them out sought to wipe out “kuffars,” or non-Muslims.
"The soldiers went out to the ground and streets of Paris and killed the kuffars,” said the video’s narrator in English. “This invasion was just a cautionary message to the nations of the cross," referring to countries where Christianity is practiced.
The video then went on to threaten more attacks in other Western nations, while showing clips of the 9/11 attacks and the aftermath of bombings in the Stade de France during November’s attacks in Paris.
“If it was Paris yesterday, today Brussels, Allah knows where it will be tomorrow. Maybe it will be in London, in Berlin, or in Rome,” the narrator said in the video, according to Newsweek. The video showed famous landmarks from these cities, including the Colosseum and the Houses of Parliament.
“This invasion was just a cautionary message to the nations of the cross to be a deterrent to them,” said the narrator of the video, describing the attacks in Paris. “Nations of the cross, this message is for you. Know that your options are few. For either you join Islam or pay tribute or face the war and it is, as you know, shedding your blood and displacing you from behind your back.”
Despite the threatening nature of the video, analysts say that this message is indicative of ISIS desperately trying to rally followers as it loses territory to military forces in Iraq and Syria.
"Its communication is in crisis,” Gilles Kepel, a French expert on jihadism, told The Independent. “These indiscriminate attacks have fallen on multicultural cities with exactly the kind of Muslim populations they are trying to recruit. But these actions have not brought Muslims together. Far from it."