- The Washington Times - Monday, November 16, 2015

The Islamic State terror group released a video on Monday threatening to attack Washington, D.C., and countries involved in the “crusader campaign.”

The offensive move by the Islamic State comes days after Paris was hit by gunmen and suicide bombers and as France ramps up airstrikes against the terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

The video references the Paris attacks that left 129 dead and 352 wounded on Friday.

“We say to the states that take part in the crusader campaign that, by God, you will have a day, God willing, like France’s and by God, as we struck France in the center of its abode in Paris, then we swear that we will strike America at its center in Washington,” said a man identified in subtitles as Al Ghareeb the Algerian, Reuters reported.

He also warned Europe.

“I say to the European countries that we are coming, coming with booby traps and explosives, coming with explosive belts and (gun) silencers and you will be unable to stop us because today we are much stronger than before,” he said.

Reuters said, “It was not immediately possible to verify the authenticity of the video, which purports to be the work of Islamic State fighters in the Iraqi province of Salahuddine, north of Baghdad.”

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