Big News Network.com
Monday 25th January, 2016
BEIRUT, Lebanon A new Islamic State video released on Sunday shows pictures of nine men and their last messages before carrying out the November attacks in Paris that killed 130 people.
If its authenticity is confirmed, the video, which also threatens Britain, could be the first evidence that all the nine attackers were not just inspired by the Islamic State but belonged to a core group of the brutal militant group and were sent from its base in Syria.
The video, whose authenticity is subject to confirmation, shows footage of the men in Syria and Iraq, where they are pictured carrying out executions, including beheadings.
The video seeks to make it clear that the Paris attackers were trained and vetted in Syria before being sent to carry out attacks on European soil.
The video was uploaded on Islamic State’s official Telegram channel and showed some of the attackers wearing camouflage fatigues in a desert location.
It also shows how the attackers some of whom had European passports carried out atrocities, including beheadings of hostages, in the group’s name long before their return to Europe.
"These are the last messages of the nine lions of the caliphate who were mobilized from their lairs to make a whole country, France, get down on its knees," a narrator in the video said.
Under the headline "Target Area: Paris," it shows frantic televised scenes of soccer players and fans reacting to explosions at the Stade de France, and chaos on the streets near the Bataclan and other venues where the mass shootings took place.
The video shows footage of British Prime Minister David Cameron expressing solidarity with the French people after the attacks, and concludes by flashing a slogan on the screen saying: "Whoever stands in the ranks of kafir (infidels) will be a target for our swords." Cameron’s office had no immediate comment.
The French Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the video. There was no immediate comment from the prime minister’s office. A spokeswoman for the National Security Council at the White House also had no comment.
However, there were questions why the group took two months before releasing the video about the Nov 13 attack.
Charlie Winter, a senior researcher at the Transcultural Conflict and Violence Initiative at Georgia State, who monitors jihadist propaganda, said if the group had published the video immediately after the attacks, it would have been swallowed in the wave of coverage.
"We know that their propaganda wing is very patient and happy to bide their time until the product they have is deemed to be perfect," he was quoted as saying by The New York Times.
Laith Alkhouri of Flashpoint Global Partners, which monitors militants’ social media, said the "video meets all the right criteria of an authentic and official ISIS release."