ISIS threatens in a video to intensify its attacks

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The Islamic State (IS) jihadist group has pledged on Sunday (August 11th) to intensify its “fight” against the international coalition led by the United States and its Kurdish allies in Syria, in the second video of this kind posted on his organ of propaganda since its territorial defeat in March.

In recent months, the IS has carried out a series of attacks aimed in particular at the Kurdish forces in its former fiefdoms in the north and north-east of Syria.

Sleeping cells

The fall of the self-proclaimed “caliphate” by the IS in 2014 was announced on March 23 after the capture of the ultimate bastion of jihadists in eastern Syria, following an offensive by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) dominated by Kurdish fighters and supported by the international anti-jihadist coalition.

But ISIS fighters and “dormant cells” are still scattered in several parts of the country. According to a recent Pentagon report, ISIS is “resurging in Syria”.

“The fire of the battle between us and them (the Kurdish forces and their allies, ed) has been reignited and will intensify,” ISIS threatened in a video addressed to his supporters.

The latest attack claimed by the IS dates back to 7 August. Five people, including three children, were killed in a car bomb attack in Qahtaniya, in the Kurdish-controlled province of Hassake.

A picture of Donald Trump in the video

The video of about ten minutes also shows scenes of beheading and shooting at close range of people presented as Kurdish fighters kidnapped by the jihadists. The montage includes television reports and testimonies asserting that the IS has not been defeated and is still present in Syria.

“Although it has lost its ‘caliphate’ territory, the Islamic State (…) resumed operations in Syria this quarter,” it is specified in the Pentagon report, while the United States have “Partially withdrawn” from the country by US President Donald Trump. A photo of Donald Trump, showing a map of areas formerly controlled by IS, is also featured in the video. Donald Trump then used it to announce the eradication of the “caliphate”.

The latest propaganda video posted by IS to call on its supporters to continue the fight was on April 29, just over a week after the deadly attacks in Sri Lanka claimed by the group. IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who appeared there for the first time in five years , promised that IS would “take revenge” on behalf of its killed members and that the fight against the West was “a long battle”.

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