This video highlights yet again why it is so wrongheaded for Obama and other Western leaders to claim that the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam. Islam is the basis of its case to the world and its appeal among Muslims. To ignore and deny that is to give up any means of understanding correctly the Islamic State’s motives and goals.
“ISIS taunt America in new video urging them to ‘bring it on’ as they vow to bring fire on their enemies once ’80 banners’ have been raised against them and mock US soldier suicides,” by Ted Thornhill, MailOnline, November 25, 2015:
Barack Obama recently dismissed ISIS as ‘a bunch of killers with good social media’ – and appears to have prompted a sickening response from the terror group which mocks US soldiers’ suicide rates.
A new video released by the Islamists also claims the Prophet predicted ‘Islam’s enemies’ would be destroyed by ‘the flames of war’ when the number of banners opposed to them – a reference to the international coalition – reached 80.
Currently, 60 nations officially oppose ISIS.
The video taunts America, urging the nation to ‘bring it on’ before adding ‘your numbers only increase us in faith’.
In a desperate effort to worry the world’s sole superpower, the video points out that 6,500 US soldiers commit suicide every year and claims that its territory is bigger than the UK.
The Hollywood-style voiceover goes on to say that ISIS is ‘counting your banners’, a reference to the flags of the nations ranged against it in the international coalition it calls a ‘coalition of devils’.
It says: ‘Our prophet said [they] would reach 80 in number and then the flames of war will finally burn you on the hills of death.
‘Gather your allies. Plot against us and show us no respite. Our ally is the greatest. He is Allah and all glory goes to him.’
The video boasts that Isis ‘sows fear’ into the hearts of US soldiers and says that America is ‘too weak’ to put boots on the ground.
It concludes that ‘our ally is the greatest, he is Allah and all glory goes to him’….