THE LEVANT – The Islamic State group called on Muslims to kill citizens of all countries taking part in the US-led anti-jihadist coalition by any available means, in a statement posted online Monday.
“If you can kill a disbelieving American or European — especially the spiteful and filthy French — or an Australian, or a Canadian or any other disbeliever… including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him,” said Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, the group’s spokesman.
“Kill the disbeliever whether he is civilian or military,” he said in the message, which was released in multiple languages.
The United States and France are carrying out air strikes against IS targets across Iraq and seeking to build an international coalition against a group increasingly perceived as a global threat.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said that more than 50 countries have come forward with commitments as part of the coalition, including Egypt and other Arab states.
The jihadist group, which has declared a “caliphate” straddling Iraq and Syria, controls swathes of territory in both countries.
IS has executed hundreds of Iraqis and Syrians, as well as foreign hostages, and its brutal campaign has forced more than a million people from their homes.
Adnani’s message — which was released in an Arabic audio recording and transcripts in other languages including English — gave instructions on how the killings could be carried out without military equipment, using rocks or knives, or by running people over.
A new era
The hundreds of foreigners from various Western countries fighting alongside IS have sparked fears that they could return home to carry out attacks.
On Monday, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned that any of its citizens “who fight with terrorist groups… will be arrested, prosecuted and jailed for a very long time.”
Adnani praised militants in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, calling on them to “cut the throats” of those fighting for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and saying Tunisians should follow their example.
He criticised Yemen for allowing Shiite Huthi rebels to enter the capital Sanaa, asking: “Is there not in Yemen a person who will take revenge for us (on) the Huthis?”
And he called on Muslims in Libya to unite, saying that “your division is from Satan.”
“We are in a new era, an era where the (Islamic) State, its soldiers, and its sons are leaders, not slaves,” Adnani said.
“We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women, by the permission of Allah, the Exalted.”
He also mocked the US air campaign, saying that “the battle cannot be decided from the air”.
“Are America and all its allies from amongst the crusaders and atheists unable to come down to the ground?”
Addressing US President Barack Obama, Adnani said: “You claimed… that America would not be drawn to a war on the ground. No, it will be drawn and dragged. It will come down to the ground and it will be led to its death, grave, and destruction.”