By Rakesh Raman
In response to the airstrikes on Iraq and Syria led by America, the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) militants have launched a major media offensive against the U.S. and its allies.
Just before the American attack on Syria, an official spokesman of the Islamic State – Shaykh Abū Muham-mad al-‘Adnānī ash-Shāmī (hafidhahullāh) – delivered an impromptu speech to inspire the Muslims and to terrify the crusaders or the American forces.
The excerpts from his speech are published in the latest issue of Islamic State magazine Dabiq. He exhorts the Islamic State fighters to capture the crusaders in Muslim lands for their subsequent execution, kill the crusaders in their homelands, and to conquer new areas in Iraq and Shām (Syria) despite the crusaders’ airstrikes.
The Dabiq article warns America and its partner countries by saying: “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 article continues: “They are the people who through the ages have not known defeat. The outcome of their battles is concluded before they begin. They have not prepared for a battle since the time of Noah except with absolute conviction of victory. Being killed – according to their account – is a victory. This is where the secret lies. You fight people who can never be defeated,” said the Islamic State spokesman in the Dabiq article.
While America had underestimated the strength of Islamic State soldiers, the American forces are now facing a formidable opponent in ISIS and is accepting defeat in some areas where they are fighting against each other.
The northern Syrian city of Kobani, which borders on Turkey, could fall to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or ISIS terrorists, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a media interview broadcast Sunday.
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey admitted that despite continued U.S.-led airstrikes to keep ISIL forces at bay, he is concerned the key Kurdish city could fall into ISIL jihadists’ hands.
“I am fearful that Kobani will fall,” Dempsey said, adding that he has “no doubt” ISIL will conduct horrific atrocities if they have the opportunity to do so.
The U.S. may be worried about Kobani, but the Islamic State has planned to attack more areas in Europe and Americas besides the Arab world. Although Islamic State’s current focus is on Iraq and Syria, it’s getting ready to invade more countries to expand its regime.
The Islamic State spokesman said: “We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women, by the permission of Allah, the Exalted. This is His promise to us; He is glorified and He does not fail in His promise. If we do not reach that time, then our children and grandchildren will reach it, and they will sell your sons as slaves at the slave market.”
Moreover, the Islamic State clarifies that it did not initiate the war against America or Europe. Rather, it says, the Muslims are victims of foreign transgression. While blaming the Western media, ISIS said that the media is not doing the right job.
Earlier giving its views on the execution of an American journalist James Foley, the Islamic State had said that Foley was not discharging his duties as a journalist honestly. “His work entailed documenting the wars through crusaders’ eyes, reporting all that serves their foreign policy and agenda whilst withholding any news that could expose their evils,” said ISIS.
As Islamic State pledges to retaliate the America-led attacks, it says that the Americans and Europeans will have to pay a heavy price for their acts against Muslims.
The article in Dabiq further says, “O Americans, and O Europeans, the Islamic State did not initiate a war against you, as your governments and media try to make you believe. It is you who started the transgression against us, and thus you deserve blame and you will pay a great price.
“You will pay the price when your economies collapse. You will pay the price when your sons are sent to wage war against us, and they return to you as disabled amputees, or inside coffins, or mentally ill. You will pay the price as you are afraid of traveling to any land. Rather you will pay the price as you walk on your streets, turning right and left, fearing the Muslims.
“You will not feel secure even in your bedrooms. You will pay the price when this crusade of yours collapses, and thereafter we will strike you in your homeland, and you will never be able to harm anyone afterwards. You will pay the price, and we have prepared for you what will pain you,” said the Dabiq article.
The 56-page issue of the Dabiq magazine covers a range of topics beginning with the message: “The spark has been lit here in Iraq, and its heat will continue to intensify – by Allah’s permission – until it burns the crusader armies in Dābiq.”
Dabiq magazine, which is published by the Al Hayat Media Center of the Islamic State, is named after the Dabiq town in northern Syria. The town is famous for the battle of Marj Dabiq between the Ottoman Empire and the Mamluk Sultanate in 1516.
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