In a newly released video by a jihadist group affiliated with ISIS, the terror group threatened that the US would “suffer the same fate” as France should the government continue its military campaign in Syria.
The six-minute video, posted to an ISIS website on Monday, specifically targeted Washington, DC with threats of multiple terror attacks. An ISIS terrorist, identified as “Al Ghareeb the Algerian,” delivered the threats clad in a turban and military-like uniform.
“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,” the video warned according to Reuters.
ISIS also issued a warning to “crusader” nations who are taking part in the US-led coalition striking ISIS strongholds across Syria. “I say to the European countries that we are coming, coming with booby traps and explosives, coming with explosive belts and silencers, and you will be unable to stop us because today we are much stronger than before,” he said.
In a second video released by the terror group, ISIS threatened New York City with suicide bombings just as the Thanksgiving holiday season approaches. A suicide bomber wearing an explosives belt as well as a bomb are both depicted in the video among the crowded streets of Midtown Manhattan.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the goal of the video is “stoking fear…but New York City will not be intimidated. We will not submit to their wishes.”
“There is no specific credible threat against New York City. So it’s crucial that people go about their normal business,” the mayor told the media on Wednesday. De Blasio emphasized that the NYPD and its 35,000 member team are “providing extraordinary protection” across the city.
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said the video was “nothing new” and is a “mishmash of previously released video.”
“In New York we understand that we are a terrorist target, but do not be afraid,” Bratton stated. “The NYPD will protect you. We will not be intimidated, and we will not live in fear.”
The release of the videos come six days after an ISIS terror cell carried out simultaneous attacks in Paris that led to the deaths of 129 people and left more than 350 people injured. In response, French president Francois Hollande declared war on ISIS, using French warplanes to strike ISIS positions in Raqqa, Syria on Saturday.