Here is the full interview. Some have suggested that this is satire, and that the person being interviewed is not actually Omar al-Shishani. That may be, but if so, the satirist has a comprehensive knowledge of the Islamic State’s beliefs, motives and goals — a better knowledge, in fact, than that of most Western intelligence officials.
“Terror boss welcomes US air strikes,” AAP, August 11, 2014 (thanks to Marc):
Western air strikes against terrorist organisation Islamic State will drive more people to fight for it, the group’s alleged military leader says.
Omar al-Shishani also praised Sydney man Khaled Sharrouf, a convicted terrorist wanted by Australian police for crimes in Syria and Iraq.
“He’s a very loveable, good kid,” al-Shishani told Fairfax radio station 3AW in an interview from Iraq.
The US on Friday began a campaign of air strikes aimed at halting the advance of militants from Islamic State (also known as ISIL or ISIS).
Al-Shishani said the intervention of Western troops had motivated his fighters and brought more Muslims to join their cause.
Already there were up to 3000 Westerners in Islamic State’s ranks and more came from Europe every day.
He said they wanted the American “cry babies” to come.
“We want them to cry a little bit for their salary, cry a little bit for benefits and then come here and miss the wifey and the doggy and stuff while we slaughter them,” al-Shishani said.
Islamic State proclaimed a “caliphate” straddling Syria and Iraq in late June.
Their jihad would continue until the whole world was under the rule of Allah, al-Shishani said.
Asked if this included Australia, he said: “If we can swim there, if we can catch any of your boats … we will come to Australia.”