The Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) has warned that any country involved in ongoing airstrikes against the group's positions in Iraq and Syria will suffer the same fate as France, directly threatening an attack on Washington.
Reuters is reporting that ISIS, which carried out the deadliest terrorist attack in Western Europe in over a decade in Paris Friday, has published a new video that threatens all countries involved in airstrikes against it. France retaliated against the terrorist attacks Sunday night with airstrikes against the Syrian city of Raqqa.
The video was published by a group calling itself “Wilayah Kirkuk” or “State of Kirkuk” -- an ancient city in northern Iraq currently under ISIS control. The group has published dozens of other videos in the name of ISIS.
In the video, according to the Independent, militants show footage of French President Francois Hollande speaking in the wake of Friday’s atrocities. It also shows footage of police operations and bodies being loaded into an ambulance, adding that other countries may "suffer the same fate." A militant speaks to the camera saying: “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 U.S. has been carrying out airstrikes in Syria since 2014 and according to the New York Times, has hit 2,600 targets. As well as the U.S. and France, the U.K. has carried out some attacks against ISIS in Iraq but has yet to carry out any in Syria. Russia has also been carrying out attacks in Syria, but they have been targetting "moderate rebels" as opposed to ISIS positions.
U.S. politicians have been reacting to the attacks in Paris, warning that more action is needed to prevent similar attacks there: "I'm trying to protect America from another 9/11, and without American boots on the ground in Syria and Iraq, we're gonna get hit here at home," Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican presidential candidate from South Carolina, told CNN’s New Day Monday morning. "And if you don't understand that, you're not ready to be commander-in-chief in my view,” he said.