The latest, chilling video released by the Islamic State on Tuesday not only praises the Orlando shooter, who massacred 49 people on Saturday night, but also promises that it will carry out more attacks on American soil.
Lauding the killer’s, identified as Omar Mateen, actions and claiming him as one of their own, the video opens by calling the 29-year-old the “2016 Islamic State fighter” as part of radical Islam’s ongoing mission to rid the west of ‘infidels’. Graphic depictions, such as body outlines in chalk and cartoonized bloodstains, accompany the opening credits.
From there, the filmmakers introduce Mateen as “one of Islamic State’s lions” whose praiseworthy actions were done in order to “avenge the death of Muslims.” Adorning the text is the now infamous photograph of Mateen that has become easily recognized in the wake of the worst shooting attack in American history.
Before showing footage from the deadly night in Orlando, ISIS emphasizes in the clip who their intended victims were by labeling the nightclub where the shooting took place as “Target: Nightclub for Homosexuals.” Scenes of police cars surrounding the area and audio from reporters who covered the horrific events then fill the screen. Several seconds taken from President Barack Obama’s statement following the shooting as well as words from GOP candidate Donald Trump and an FBI agent are included in the footage.
Each new scene is marred by bold words written in capital letters: “Blood for Blood”, “Revenge for the Muslims”, and “Taste Terror in Your Countries”; alarming messages from ISIS to the western world.
Then, a faceless speaker, later identified in the video as Shaykh Al-Adnani Abu Muhammad, a senior leader of the Islamic State in Iraq, addresses America at large, blaming the country for killing “millions of Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere” and for being “among the worst of the unbelievers.”
Making no effort to hide their true mission, Al-Adnani warns the U.S. that the “men of the Islamic State everywhere are the people of combat and warfare” calling on its fighters to “open the door of jihad” against “infidel America.”
Once again referring to the Orlando killing spree, Al-Adnani glorified Mateen’s actions saying the murderer answered the calls of the Khilafah (Caliphate) in America.
Being the religious group they are, ISIS ensured to include in the clip an Islamic teaching upon which they attribute their source for carrying out such despicable activities.
“The great scholars of Islam had affirmed it in their books… ‘It is permissible for a Muslim to kill any unbeliever who he is able to kill’…Yes, this is what the scholars of Islam has affirmed.”
The video ends off with a threat to New York, Washington (DC), and Orlando who ISIS swears “will not feel safety and comfort” while cities in Iraq are “being attacked and fought” by America.
Making the entirety of the five minute clip even more eerie is the ominous background music of arabic chanting mixed with a slow heartbeat, which lend an overall creepy aura and a certain feeling of intimidation to anyone with the stomach to watch.
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