ISIS released their newest propaganda video that shows final messages from the Paris attackers. The video was discovered on Sunday and is still undergoing verification to see if it properly came from the Islamic extremist group. The roughly 18-minute tape starts with a montage of various news outlets reporting on the Paris attacks. It is highly produced and edited.
The tape then shows the faces and names of nine people ISIS claims carried out the attacks in Paris. All nine militants seen in the video died in the Paris attacks or their aftermath. Seven of the attackers — four from Belgium and three from France — spoke fluent French. The two others — identified by their noms de guerre as Iraqis — spoke in Arabic. Seven of the militants, including a 20-year-old who was the youngest of the group, were filmed standing behind bound captives, described as “apostates,” who were either beheaded or shot. The Nov. 13 attacks targeted a packed concert hall, a restaurant and cafe, and a soccer match at the national stadium.
French Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said the government is studying the video but would not comment on its contents. France’s Interior Ministry and the Paris prosecutor’s office had no immediate comment. The video was filmed prior to the men sneaking back into Europe and does not include footage of the attackers during the days of the attack. It was assembled from material shot before the men left for Paris, news video and amateur video. The video did not specify where the nine men were filmed, but it was believed to have been in IS-controlled territory in Syria. Abbaoud is seen simply speaking in a room.
None mentions specifics of the Paris attack although some reference French locations such as the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elysees. One man says the group was authorized to act by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Footage shows Britain’s Prime Minster David Cameron and the vote in the British House of Commons last year in which the United Kingdom voted to join the anti-ISIS coalition conducting airstrikes on Syria. The video concludes with text over Cameron’s image, that threatens death and a “fall in humiliation” to all non-believers who stand against the self-proclaimed caliphate’s ambitions.
Intelligence obtained by European security agencies indicated ISIS was aiming to attack the United Kingdom in a follow-up to its Paris operation, citing a senior counterterrorism official. The intelligence suggests British ISIS fighters have been tasked by senior ISIS operatives in the so-called caliphate to return home and carry out an attack. The graphic video features beheadings and a firing squad execution, in which the “ISIS lions,” as the narrator presents them, take part. Bilal Hadfi, who was killed during the Paris attacks is apparently responsible for one of the beheadings.
The video also allegedly features one of the Bataclan theater attackers and a suicide bomber Omar Ismail Mostefai, named in the video as Abu Rayyan Al-Faransi. Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, began teasing the release last week in the latest issue of Dabiq, its monthly magazine, where a still image appeared.