WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A branch of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terror group has released a new video threatening to attack the White House.
CBS News reports the Dijla branch released the video Thursday titled “Paris Before Rome.” In the video, jihadists threaten that “those who follow” in the footsteps of President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande will expect more attacks.
“We shall burn you with our suicide belts and our car bombs. We shall track you down wherever you go,” a militant in the video says.
Militants warn they Paris-style attacks will happen in Washington, D.C.
“We began with you, and we shall conclude with the so-called White House. We shall turn it even blacker than our fire by the will of Allah,” an ISIS militant says. “Better still … we shall blow it up just like we blew up the idols on this good land.”
This video comes a day after ISIS threatened to attack New York City in a separate video. The video showed images of Times Square and other locations, while a terrorist was seen strapping a bomb to himself.
“Stoking fear is the goal of terrorist organizations, but New York City will not be intimidated,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a news conference Wednesday night. “New Yorkers won’t live in fear and people should continue to go to work, live their lives, and enjoy the greatest city in the world.”
A New York Police Department spokesman said some of the video footage is old, but the video reaffirms the message the city remains a top target for extremists.
“While there is no current or specific threat to the city at this time, we will remain at a heightened state of vigilance and will continue to work with the FBI, the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the entire intelligence community,” said Stephen Davis, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner for public information.
Police Commissioner William Bratton said the video appears to be a “hastily produced” one using old film footage.
“Be aware, but do not be afraid. The NYPD will protect you,” Bratton said. “We cannot be intimidated, and that’s what terrorists seek to do. They seek to create fear. They seek to intimidate. We will not be intimidated, and we will not live in fear.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement that he directed state agencies to “enhance their preparedness” after the Paris attacks, which killed 129 people last week.
“Remember that the terrorists’ goal is to let fear win — New Yorkers never have, and we never will,” he said.
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