- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 31, 2015

Islamic State terrorists sent a direct message to President Obama in a new video released Friday, claiming the U.S. military raid to free 70 hostages last week failed to dent the terrorist group’s strength.

“Obama, you have learned a new lesson,” a masked militant speaking English says to the camera, standing in front of a bound hostage, Vocativ reported. “Six of the soldiers of the caliphate faced 400 of your children, they killed and injured them by Allah’s grace. You are probably surprised by this … you did not gain anything. You returned to your bases with losses and humiliation.”

The bound hostage is then beheaded at the end of the 15-minute video, Vocativ said.

The video, titled “The Truth of the American Landing,” depicts the Islamic State group’s version of the aftermath of the raid on the prison complex in Hawijah in northern Iraq.

U.S. special operations forces assisted Kurdish peshmerga fighters in the raid to free 70 hostages last week. One American commando, Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler, 39, was killed after receiving enemy fire. His death was the first U.S. military casualty in the fight against the Islamic State.

In one scene, a militant standing amid the rubble of the destroyed compound declares the U.S. mission a complete failure. Another militant sifts through medical supplies, bloodied bandages and syringes that were left behind.

The video ends with masked terrorists executing four men in orange jumpsuits. The group claims the hostages were peshmerga soldiers.

Earlier this week, Kurdish fighters who worked alongside the U.S. special forces during the raid, released their own video of the operation, showing Iraqi captives being led out of the prison.

The freed prisoners described the conditions inside the prison facility to The New York Times, saying they were “subject to a methodical program of abuse — electrically shocked, beaten with hoses, smothered with plastic bags until they lost consciousness — even without any interrogation questions. Food was meager: pieces of bread pushed through cell doors.”

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter earlier this week told the Senate Armed Services Committee that raids like this one might happen more frequently.

On Friday, Mr. Obama authorized the deployment of fewer than 50 U.S. special operations forces to fight the terrorist group in Kurdish-controlled territory in northern Syria.

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