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IS militants threaten to ‘drown Americans in blood’ in new video

© AFP | Smoke billows after a US air strike near the Mosul dam on the Tigris river, August 17.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-08-19

The Islamic State (IS) militant group that has swept Iraq and drawn the first American airstrikes since the end of the occupation in 2011 warned the United States on Monday it will attack Americans “in any place” if the raids hit its militants.

The video shows a photograph of an American who was beheaded during the US occupation of Iraq, victims of snipers and US tanks being blown up in Iraq. A statement in English introduced under a Twitter hashtag, #AmessagefromISIStoUS, reads “we will drown all of you in blood”.

US airstrikes in northern Iraq have helped Kurdish fighters take back some territory captured by Islamic State militants (formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, or ISIS), who have threatened to march on Baghdad.

Screengrab of the IS video released Monday.

Military aircraft have carried out 35 airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq over the past three days, destroying more than 90 targets, the Pentagon said on Monday.

The strikes marked the most intensive US bombardments of IS positions since they began on August 8.

Drones and fighter, bomber and attack jets “eliminated” Islamist fighters’ positions as the militants battled for control of a major dam in northern Iraq, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said.

Obama to host UN summit on foreign fighters threat

The US administration said Monday that US President Barack Obama will host a summit meeting of the UN Security Council next month to focus on the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters.

The United States holds the Security Council presidency in September and the Obama administration said that the president is inviting leaders of the 14 other council nations to attend the summit during the week of September 22, when they gather for the annual ministerial meeting of the General Assembly.

The United States is hoping the Security Council will adopt a resolution addressing the phenomenon of foreign fighters. An estimated 12,000 foreign terrorist fighters have joined the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, a US UN Mission official said.

(FRANCE 24 with AP)

“In all, we destroyed over 90 targets including a range of vehicles, equipment and fighting positions,” he added in a statement.

“Iraqi forces have cleared the dam and are working to further expand their area of control.”

The latest advance by the Islamic State 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.

Unlike fellow terror groups in the region such as al Qaeda, the Islamic State group has so far focused on seizing land in Iraq and Syria for its self-proclaimed caliphate, rather than staging spectacular attacks on Western targets.

US President Barack Obama said at a news conference on Monday that the Islamic State posed a threat to Iraq and the entire region.

(FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP)

Date created : 2014-08-19

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