Date
26 September 2017
In this screen shot of an Islamic State video, a jihadist warns of an attack on Washington. He said countries taking part in air strikes against Syria will suffer the same fate as France. Photo: Express
In this screen shot of an Islamic State video, a jihadist warns of an attack on Washington. He said countries taking part in air strikes against Syria will suffer the same fate as France. Photo: Express

IS to Washington: You’re next

Islamic State is threatening to attack Washington, warning that in a new video that countries taking part in air strikes against Syria will suffer the same fate as France.

The video on a website used by the extremists to post messages begins with news footage of the aftermath of Friday’s Paris shootings in which at least 129 people were killed.

The message was delivered by a man dressed in fatigues and a turban and identified in subtitles as Al Ghareeb the Algerian, according to Reuters.

“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 man said.

It was not immediately possible to verify the authenticity of the video, which purports to be the work of Islamic State fighters in the Iraqi province of Salahuddine, north of Baghdad.

The US Department of Homeland Security would not comment on the video but said it has not received information indicating a potential attack.

“While we take all threats seriously, we do not have specific credible information of an attack on the US homeland,” an official said on condition of anonymity.

The French government has called the Paris attacks an act of war and said it would not end its air strikes against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

French fighter jets launched their biggest raids in Syria to date on Sunday, targeting the Islamic State’s stronghold in the city of Raqqa, in coordination with U.S. forces.

Police raided homes of suspected Islamist militants across France overnight following the Paris attacks.

“Al Ghareeb the Algerian” also warned Europe in the video that more attacks were coming.

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