On Sunday, the Islamic State released a new, 17-minute video threatening to attack the United Kingdom and other “coalition” countries. In it, nine men, thought to be those who carried out the November Paris attacks, are seen executing prisoners in ISIS-controlled territory in the Middle East.
If the identities of the men in the video are confirmed as those who carried out the Paris attacks, it would indicate that the nine men were not only influenced by Isis – but rather were coordinated by the group from strongholds in Syria and Iraq.
The video seemingly aims to show that the attackers, some of whom had French and Belgian passports, had committed atrocities and trained in Isis-held territory.
7 From the dress code - & assuming this footage really does exist - it appears to have been shot in Syria before assailants return to Europe— Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) January 24, 2016
11/ Here ISIS is making crystal-clear: This is not just "ISIS-inspired." This *is* the Islamic State attacking on European soil— Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) January 24, 2016
One of the attackers, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, is not depicted executing anyone, but appears in a room with the flag of ISIS. “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,” he tells the camera, speaking in French. “So expect more. Expect a mujahid to show up to kill you.”