BEIRUT (TheBlaze/AP) — The Islamic State issued a new declaration of war Sunday, vowing that its fighters are ready to battle the U.S.-led military coalition seeking to destroy it.
The group's spokesman made the statements in a new audio recording published in conjunction with a 11-page letter calling on Muslims worldwide to kill civilians of nations that join the fight against the Islamic State.
A new Islamic State video and letter calls for new attacks on American and other targets, specifically stating, "We fear not the swarms of planes, nor ballistic missiles, nor drones," from a coalition of countries that have agreed to strike the terror group. (AP Photo/ Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group).
In the nearly 42-minute audio statement released online late Sunday, Islamic State group spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani said the coalition will not be able to defeat the jihadis.
"Oh, believer, do not let this battle pass you by wherever you may be. You must strike the soldiers, patrons and troops of the tyrants. Strike their police, security and intelligence members," al-Adnani said.
"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 from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that joined a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way however it may be," he said.
In the letter, obtained by TheBlaze late Sunday, al-Adani went further, describing exactly how Islamic State supporters should terrorize their victims.
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"If you are not able to find an IED or a bullet, then single out the disbelieving American, Frenchman, or any of their allies. Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him. Do not lack," the letter reads. "Do not be contemptible. Let your slogan be, 'May I not be saved if the cross worshipper and taghūt (ruler ruling by manmade laws) patron survives.'”
American and French warplanes have carried airstrikes against the group, and U.S. President Barack Obama is working to form a global coalition to confront the group, which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq.
The United States has rallied some 40 countries to take part in fighting the extremist group, and is also making plans to train up to 5,000 Syrian rebels in Saudi Arabia to be used in conjunction with potential U.S. airstrikes in Syria.
The audio statement was released in Arabic by the Islamic State group's media arm, Al-Furqan, and appeared on militant sites used by the group. The speaker sounded like that of previous recordings attributed to al-Adnani.
The letter outlines specific attacks on the West that come from a "new era" of jihadis, who aren't afraid of "drones" or "swarms of planes."
"O America, O allies of America, and O crusaders, know that the matter is more dangerous than you have imagined and greater than you have envisioned. We have warned you that today we are in a new era, an era where the State, its soldiers, and its sons are leaders not slaves," the Islamic State letter reads. "So know that – by Allah – we fear not the swarms of planes, nor ballistic missiles, nor drones, nor satellites, nor battleships, nor weapons of mass destruction. How could we fear them, while Allah the Exalted has said, if Allah should aid you, no one can overcome you?"
Responding to al-Adnani's statement, France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said he is confident in the country's security.
"This threat to kill civilians, added to the execution of hostages and to the massacres, is yet another demonstration of the barbarism of these terrorists, justifying our fight without truce or pause," Cazeneuve said Monday. "France is not afraid because it is prepared to respond to their threats," he added.
The Islamic State group is an Al Qaeda breakaway that has set up its own self-declared caliphate in areas it controls in Syria and Iraq. It rules by its harsh version of Islamic law.
The group has already beheaded two Americans and a British citizen it was holding. It is also threatening to behead more westerners.
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