Before Paris attack, Islamic State terrorists committed grisly executions

16-01-24 Paris terrorists as shown in new Islamic State video

The terrorists responsible for the Nov. 13, 2015 coordinated assaults in Paris are featured in a new Islamic State video.

A new video released by the Islamic State (titled “Kill Them Wherever You Find Them”) features the terrorists responsible for the Nov. 13, 2015 attacks in Paris. Several of the jihadists are shown executing captives in Iraq and Syria. They threaten the West and implore Muslims to join the “caliphate’s” cause as they behead or shoot their victims from behind. The footage was filmed in the months before the coordinated assault in France’s capital city.

Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s men claim France deserves to be terrorized because of its role in the anti-Islamic State coalition. But their grisly executions of helpless victims undermine their attempt to offer a moral rationale for their terrorism. The Islamic State’s sadistic videos have also likely played a role in shaping public opinion in the West.

The first Islamic State member to speak at length is Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who is identified by his nom de guerre, Abu Umar al Baljiki. European officials have identified Abaaoud, who was killed during a counterterrorism raid after the Paris massacres, as a key figure in the plot. The Islamic State’s English-language Dabiq magazine published an interview with Abaaoud in early 2015.

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“I have a message to these disbelievers who are fighting the Muslims, and to all the nations taking part in the coalition,” Abaaoud says in a clip played over news footage. “You are the ones who dared to come to the lands of the Muslims to fight them. By Allah! By Alllah! By Allah, you have declared a war that you have lost before even starting it.” (A screen shot can be seen on the right. Abaaoud is in the lower right hand corner.)

After threatening to kill Westerners in their homes, Abaaoud says the Islamic State’s terror is a result of their government’s policies.

“All this is a result of your policy — your policy of war — or I should say, the policy of your rulers,” Abaaoud claims. “Indeed, you voted for these rulers, and this is the result. The result is that your rulers have declared a war whose consequences they will not be able to bear.”

Abaaoud refers to the Western-led coalition’s airstrikes, arguing that the jihadists’ attacks have been carried out in retaliation. “By Allah, as long as you continue to direct airstrikes against us, and as long as you continue to declare war and fight the Muslims, we will not stop fighting you in every part of the world, regardless of whether you are on a tourism trip or a work trip, or are fast asleep in your homes.”

“You, along with more than 70 other nations, formed a coalition to fight the Islamic State,” Abaaoud says. “But you will not be able to stop it. By Allah, this is just the beginning.”

After Abaaoud’s appearance, the video shows several of his accomplices in succession. Some of them execute bound victims before or after they address the camera.

“I was sent by Amir ul-Mu’minin [“Emir of the Faithful”] Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Husayni al-Qurashi (may Allah safeguard him) to cleanse the earth of disbelievers, whoever they may be and wherever they may be,” a jihadist known as Abu Qital al Faransi says.

Al Faransi continues: “By Allah, we have come to you with slaughter, and indeed our knives come closer to your throats day after day. And by Allah, we will fight you — with Allah’s permission — in the heart of Paris and at the corner of the Eiffel Tower.”

Although al Faransi refers to the “heart of Paris” and the “Eiffel Tower,” he may not have had the specific Nov. 13, 2015 plot in mind. His threat may have been only a general one at the time he spoke. Al Faransi goes on to criticize the Muslims in France who have not joined the Islamic State’s cause.

Another member of the Paris terror cell, identified as Dhul Qarnayn Al Baljiki, also addresses the French directly. “This is a small message to all those who voted for…[French President Francois] Hollande, the dog of the White House,” Al Baljiki says. Frances’s “hands have been tainted with blood,” he claims, because the people elected a “president who today bombs our Muslim brothers in Mali, Sham, and Iraq.”

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The video confirms that all of the jihadists who took part in the Paris attacks fought for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria beforehand. Although they do not say that they were acting under Baghdadi’s orders on the night of Nov. 13, that is the clear implication of their testimony. One of the final jihadists to speak, known as Abu Rayyan al Faransi, explains “it is an order from Amir ul-Mu’minin Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (may Allah safeguard him) to fight you in your lands.”

The propaganda production ends with a threat to Britain. An onscreen caption (shown above) warns that whoever stands with the disbelievers will be targeted. British Prime Minister David Cameron is shown standing in the background.

Thomas Joscelyn is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Senior Editor for The Long War Journal.

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  • Verneoz says:

    This nut case provides an excellent case for use of nuclear weapons. They work well on cancers.

    • Steve Singer says:


      I assume you are just venting. If not, if you’re remotely serious, the enemy wants precisely that very thing.

      ISIS’ recruiting narratives depict it as a revolutionary movement of poor, downtrodden but religiously pure Sunni Muslims against other Muslims who are corrupted by Western influence, Shiite apostates and wealthy infidels, foreigners, who covet “Muslim Lands”. As far fetched as that thesis is, it turns out to be an effective recruiting pitch.

      Answering it, the hope to diminish ISIS fighter recruitment, is difficult. Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, the kingdom’s top Sunni Wahhabi cleric, recently denounced ISIS and its Jihadists as “enemy number one” of Islam. “… extremism, radicalism and terrorism … have nothing to do with Islam and (their proponents) are the enemy number one of Islam.”, he sermonized. Obviously, he might have done so at the prompting, possibly even the prodding, of the House of Saud. And his denunciation probably doesn’t carry much weight outside Saudi Arabia. But that doesn’t change the fact that, at heart, it’s a Muslim social and political problem; a war for a religion’s heart and soul.

      We have no business or place in it. Putting Infidel American “boots on the ground”, now a hackneyed cliché, can only work to the enemy’s advantage by feeding the Salafii insurrection. But in terms of achieving a favorable future outcome against ISIS, the absolute worst thing we could possibly do is use weapons of mass destruction in that volatile, unstable region. Even Republican presidential candidates debating such a step during the current general election cycle even in passing carries with it serious risks. Overall, merely discussing it poses significant strategic downsides.

  • Arjuna says:

    Curious as to why you omitted mention of the coded message, Tom. It is a technological Rubicon of sorts for them to cross (announcing an op in advance, in code, publicly).
    If they manage to hit London and show that the message code was indeed an op order, they are running circles around US. We need to kill THEM wherever we find them.

  • fern says:

    Molenbeek-Saint-Jean was “devoted” to the poorest laborers, there were slums and 53 years ago it was an area to avoid. Philippe Moureaux former socialist mayor of this entity favored the settlement of the Muslim immigrants, his parents had been heavily involved in helping the FLN fighting the French forces in Algeria, he also had a law passed against racism specifically directed at protecting the Muslims and they were welcomed in Molenbeek and they pushed out the Belgians living there and it quickly became a little Marrakech and even the police refused to patrol there. Let’s not talk about state security, formerly handled by the Gendarmerie not in uniform I knew two colonels three commanders and one captain they were conducting in depth inquiries at the local bar were I went.

  • James says:

    These probably are ‘prefabricated’ propaganda productions produced most likely months, if not years in advance. They probably have a huge collection of them, just waiting to be released (and heavily edited) when the time for them is convenient.

    Where are they hiding them? Possibly on the cloud, I would venture an educated guess.

    There is most likely a huge stash of it somewhere over there.

    If our intelligence agencies (or that of other nations) could intercept them in advance it would be a huge help.

    The reason why ISIS is, is BECAUSE OF a$$ad (not in spite of a$$ad). To anyone that can’t see that all I’ve got to say is that you must not be able to tell the forest from the trees.

    • James says:

      Also, on the beheading videos, my analysis on it is that that these are like gang initiations or loyalty oaths. What better way would there be to weed out the fence-sitters or even double agents?

      There is most likely a central repository of this kind of material over there somewhere, being produced by their [so-called] ‘religious police’ ; with their ‘religious police’ should be viewed as akin to the Gestapo of Nazi Germany.


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