Baghdad: The Islamic State militant group that has seized large parts of Iraq and drawn the first American air strikes since the end of the occupation in 2011 has warned the United States it will attack Americans “in any place” if the raids hit its fighters.
The video, which shows a photograph of an American who was beheaded during the US occupation of Iraq and victims of snipers, featured a statement which said in English “we will drown all of you in blood”.
Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, has so far focused on seizing land in Iraq and Syria for its self-proclaimed “caliphate”, not spectacular attacks on Western targets.
The latest advance by the militants sent tens of thousands of members of the Yazidi ethnic minority and Christians fleeing for their lives and alarmed the Baghdad government and its Western allies.
Meanwhile, Pope Francis said on Monday that the international community would be justified in stopping Islamist militants in Iraq, but that it should not be up to a single nation to decide how to intervene in the conflict.
“In these cases, where there is an unjust aggression I can only say that it is legitimate to stop the unjust aggressor,” he said.
The Pope was careful not to give the impression he was giving an automatic green light for military strikes, but he did not rule them out. He said the situation was grave and the international community had to respond together.
Full article: Islamic State message to America: ‘we will drown all of you in blood’ (The Age)