Transcript of IS Executioner's Statement
November 17, 2014
Jihadist News / Site Intel Group
The 16-minute English-subtitled video was distributed on Twitter and jihadi forums. Despite the importance of "understanding the enemy," the contents of the video have not been widely published in the US media. The video contains a warning directed at the US: "You have not withdrawn. Rather, you hid some of your forces behind your proxies and withdrawn [sic] the rest. Your forces will return, greater in number than they were before. You will return, and your proxies will not benefit you."
IS Beheads Peter Kassig, Challenges US to Send Ground Troops
Jihadist News / Site Intel Group
(November 16, 2014) -- The Islamic State (IS) released a video showing the head of American citizen Peter Kassig after it was severed from his body, with the British executor who killed other American and British citizens challenging the US to send ground troops into Iraq and Syria.
The 15-minute, 53-second, English-subtitled video, entitled, "Although the Disbelievers Dislike It," was produced by al-Furqan Media Foundation, and was distributed on Twitter and jihadi forums on November 16, 2014. The production tracks the growth of the IS from 2003, when Abu Musab al-Zarqawi began jihadi operations in Iraq under the name of Tawhid Wal Jihad, and its success over time, through al-Qaeda in Iraq, the Mujahideen Shura Council, and the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS).
In addition to showing the severed head of Kassig, the video also shows the brutal simultaneous beheading of several Syrian pilots. Fighters march the men in a line, grabbing knives along the way, and behead the men after the British executor says:
"To Obama, the dog of Rome, today we are slaughtering the soldiers of Bashar and tomorrow we will be slaughtering your soldiers. And with Allah's permission, we will break this final and last Crusade, and the Islamic State will soon, like your puppet David Cameron said, will begin to slaughter your people on your streets."
In the segment with Kassig after his execution, the British fighter declares:
"This is Peter Edward Kassig, a US citizen of your country. Peter who fought against the Muslims in Iraq while serving as a soldier under the American army, doesn't have much to say. His previous cellmates have already spoken on his behalf, but we say to you Obama, like our Sheikh Abu Muhammad al-'Adnani said, you claim to have withdrawn from Iraq four years ago.
"We said to you then that you were liars, that you had not withdrawn, and if you had withdrawn, that you would return, even if after some time. You would return. Here you are. You have not withdrawn. Rather, you hid some of your forces behind your proxies and withdrawn the rest. Your forces will return, greater in number than they were before. You will return, and your proxies will not benefit you.
"We also remind you of the haunting words that our Sheikh Abu Musab al-Zarqawi told you: "The spark has been lit here in Iraq and its heat will continue to intensify by Allah's permission until it burns the Crusader army in Dabiq.* [See note below on the significance of Dabiq – EAW] Here we are, burning the first American Crusader in Dabiq, eagerly waiting for the remainder of your armies to arrive."
Following Is a Transcript of the IS Video:
0:00 [Text]: In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
"Although the Disbelievers Dislike It"
Allah's Messenger (blessings and peace be upon him) said, "Indeed, Allah gathered the Earth for me, and thus I saw its eastern and western extents, and indeed the reign of my Ummah will reach what was gathered for me from the Earth" (Sahih Muslim)
1:00 [Narrator]: The invasive crusader forces announced the collapse of Baghdad on the 6th of Safar in the year 1424 of the Prophetic Hijrah. And while they enjoyed the ecstasy of false victory, the sons of Islam were preparing themselves for a battle whose flames would not wane until they struck the armies of the Cross near Dabiq.
So some of the jihadi battalions and factions were formed, including Jama'at at-Tawhid wal-Jihad, which was established by Shaykh Abu Mus'ab az-Zarqawi (may Allah have mercy upon him). Sheikh Abu Mus'ab then gave bay'ah [pledge of allegiance] to Shaykh Usamah ibn Ladin (may Allah have mercy on them both) to announce the establishment of Tandhim Qa'idat al-Jihad fi Bilad ar-Rafidayn.
Time did not pass long before Tandhim Qa'idat al-Jihad fi Bilad ar-Rafidayn alongside a number of factions joined together under the umbrella of Majlis Shura al-Mujahidin with the Shaykh 'Abdullah ibn Rashid al-Baghdadi as the leader of the council. During this stage, the condition of the Mujahidin was great -- praise be to Allah the Exalted -- as they inflicted devastation against the cross worshippers until Shaykh Abu Mus'ab (may Allah have mercy upon him) was killed in a crusader raid.
After him, the banner was carried by Shaykh Abu Hamzah al-Muhajir (may Allah have mercy upon him) and thereafter Hilf al-Mutayyabin was announced, which gathered Majlis Shura al-Mujahidin, the Sunni tribes, and the pure factions, to announce after Hilf al-Mutayyabin the establishment of the Islamic State of Iraq and the dissolving of all the factions under this new name, including Tandhim Qa'idat al-Jihad fi Bilad ar-Rafidayn, and the bay'ah to Abu 'Umar al-Husayni al-Qurashi al-Baghdadi as Amirul-Mu'minin and the appointment of Abu Hamzah al-Muhajir as Minister of War.
And with this progress and advance, the sons of Islam in the lands of the two rivers continued to wage the severest of battles. Then the two Shaykhs Abu 'Umar al-Baghdadi and Abu Hamzah al-Muhajir (may Allah have mercy upon them both) were killed in a Crusader raid. Then Ahlul-Hali wal-'Aqd gathered and appointed the Mujahid Shaykh Abu Bakr al-Husayni al-Qurashi al-Baghdadi (may Allah preserve him) as Amirul-Mu'minin.
The years passed until the people of Islam were anguished by the affliction and tribulation that struck Ahlus-Sunnah in the lands of Sham. Their brothers from the Islamic State of Iraq could not abandon them and therefore they sent groups of soldiers to repel the aggression of the Nusayri [the government of Bashar al Assad - EAW] regime. And before long, Allah bestowed them with the conquest of cities and villages.
And with the passing of days, it became necessary to prevent division from spreading as it was feared might happen, so Ahlul-Halli wal-'Aqd from the Islamic State of Iraq agreed upon the necessity of openly emerging in the Shami battlefield. Thus the new name was announced -- the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham. And the conflict progressed and Allah granted His slaves consolidation as they gained control over extensive regions.
Therefore, they announced -- while relying upon Allah -- the establishment of the Khilafah and the bay'ah [an oath of allegiance – EAW] to the Mujahid Shaykh Abu Bakr al-Husayni al-Qurashi al-Baghdadi as Amirul-Mu'minin and the Khalifah of the Muslims, and thus the new name for the State became the Islamic State.
4:20 [Audio clip of Zarqawi]: O Alas, if Baghdad were to ever become rafidi [Shi'ite], for Baghdad, despite having been ruled by apostate rulers who humiliated and subjugated its people for many years, had never been rafidi even for just a day. Now Baghdad sees the blackness rise over it day after day. And here the rites of paganism and shirk become apparent to the eyes.
The voices of the rafidah have raised, as they curse the companions and wives of our Prophet day and night upon their pulpits and in their media. And may Allah have mercy on Imam Malik who said, "One must not remain in a land in which Abu Bakr and 'Umar are insulted."
5:30 [Narrator]: It was not befitting for the grandsons of Abu Bakr and 'Umar (may Allah be pleased with them) to take the stance of a subservient and humiliated person. So they sharpened every blade to make the rafidah taste all sorts of killing and torment. They uprooted the fortresses, pounded the strongholds of shirk, and cleansed the land of the filth of the rafidah.
They liberated the prisons, which had been filled with free women, and they remained an impenetrable barrier and strong fort for Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jama'ah, for they no longer had anyone to strengthen and support them after Allah ta'ala other than the Islamic State.
6:30 Caption: Nusayri airstrikes against the Muslims of Sham
6:50 [Voiceover]: By Allah, we will never forget our people in Houla. By Allah, we will never forget what you did to our people in Ghouta. By Allah, we will never forget what you did to our people in Baniyas. [A reference to three horrific massacres of civilians carried out by the Syrian government in May 2012 and May and August of 2013 - EAW]
7:15 [Narrator]: And just as the Islamic State wages war against the safawi expansion symbolized by the rafidah of Iraq, it likewise wages war against the nusayriyyah in Sham, as the goal for which it was established is clear and apparent. And it will fight in every region to which its authority expands until Allah is worshipped alone, without any partners associated to Him, and until the religion is entirely for Allah.
7:45 [Fighters march prisoners and grab knives from a box along the way] Caption: Nusayri officers and pilots in the hands of the Khilafah
8:35 [The British executor]: To Obama, the dog of Rome, today we are slaughtering the soldiers of Bashar and tomorrow we will be slaughtering your soldiers. And with Allah's permission, we will break this final and last Crusade, and the Islamic State will soon, like your puppet David Cameron said, will begin to slaughter your people on your streets.
9:50 [The fighters proceed to behead the pilots]
11:10 [Audio clip of al-'Adnani]: Know that we have armies in Iraq and an army in Sham of hungry lions whose drink is blood and play is carnage.
11:35 [Audio of pledge from Ansar Beit al-Maqdis]: Therefore, in obedience to the order of Allah ('azza wa jall) and in obedience to His Messenger (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam), ordering not to divide and to stick to the jama'ah [majority - EAW] ….
[Saudi Arabia] We declare from the lands of al-Haramayn the bay'ah (pledge of allegiance) to Khalifah Ibrahim ibn 'Awwad ibn Ibtahim al-Qurashi al-Husayni...
[Yemen] Pledging to selflessly hear and obey, in times of hardship and ease, and in times of delight and dislike.
[Libya] We pledge not to dispute the matter of those in authority except if we see obvious kufr concerning which we have proof from Allah.
[Algeria] We call the Muslims everywhere to give bay'ah to the Khalifah and support him, in obedience to Allah and actualization of the unheeded obligation of the era.
12:20 [Audio clip of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi]: Glad tidings, O Muslims, for we give you good news by announcing the expansion of the Islamic State to new lands, to the lands of al-Haramayn and Yemen… to Egypt, Libya, and Algeria.
We announce the acceptance of the bay'ah of those who gave us bay'ah in those lands, the nullification of the groups therein, the announcement of new wilayat [province - EAW] for the Islamic State, and the appointment of wulat for them. We also announce the acceptance of bay'at given by the groups and individuals in all of those mentioned wilayat and others.
13:15 [Narrator]: After the light of the Khilafah emerged and spread through the lands, and there arose for the Muslims a State and a Khalifah and an army, the people craned their necks and hastened to their State from every direction. And the chant of the souls that yearn for the sublimity and superiority of Islam became, "When will the caravan reach the land of Islam, the aspiration of every thirsty one?"
For the era of division has passed. The era of being lost and astray has gone. And those who love their religion have not ceased, to declare their bay'ah and support their Khilafah, even if they are distant.
14:05 [British executor in Dabiq]: This is Peter Edward Kassig, a US citizen of your country. Peter who fought against the Muslims in Iraq while serving as a soldier under the American army, doesn't have much to say. His previous cellmates have already spoken on his behalf, but we say to you Obama, like our Sheikh Abu Muhammad al-'Adnani said, you claim to have withdrawn from Iraq four years ago.
We said to you then that you were liars, that you had not withdrawn, and if you had withdrawn, that you would return, even if after some time. You would return. Here you are. You have not withdrawn. Rather, you hid some of your forces behind your proxies and withdrawn the rest. Your forces will return, greater in number than they were before. You will return, and your proxies will not benefit you.
We also remind you of the haunting words that our Sheikh Abu Musab al-Zarqawi told you: "The spark has been lit here in Iraq and its heat will continue to intensify by Allah's permission until it burns the Crusader army in Dabiq. Here we are, burning the first American Crusader in Dabiq, eagerly waiting for the remainder of your armies to arrive.
* Dabiq is a small town in northern Aleppo, Syria, where, according to a well-known hadith about Armageddon, Muslims and "Rome" (generally interpreted to mean the West) will clash. The location also has parallel historical significance as the site of a decisive battle in 1516 between the Ottomans and the Mamluks, which led to Ottoman victory and the consolidation of the last recognized Islamic Caliphate.
To reiterate the location’s importance, both the first and second editions of [Dabiq magazine’s] table of contents are preceded by a quote from al-qaeda in Iraq (AqI) founder Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, saying that "The spark has been lit here in Iraq, and its heart will continue to intensify -- by Allah’s permission -- until it burns the crusader armies in Dabiq."
-- Source: "Dabiq: The Strategic Messaging of the Islamic State," Institute for the Study of War (August 15, 2014)
Islamic State Releases Video Showing Beheading of US Hostage Kassig
Robert Spencer / Jihad Watch
(November 16, 2014) -- The video is here. [Note: EAW is not providing an active link to this video.] Warning: it is extremely graphic, and will not be up long. If you catch it while it is still up and want to skip the beheadings (there are many, not just of Kassig, then stop watching around the 9:30 mark, as the beheadings are shown in full, and then Kassig's severed head at the feet of the British Muslim who issues the final warning.
I put the link here because the video shows the Islamic State's global aspirations, and how it justifies them by reference to Islamic teachings, and indeed how the Islamic State jihadis explain and justify everything they do by reference to Islamic texts and teachings -- for example, the beheader says that Kassig fought against the Muslims as a US soldier in Iraq, which means he is an "American Crusader" and can be lawfully put to death, despite his subsequent conversion to Islam.
To continue to ignore the Islamic State's stated motives and goals, and to pretend that they are other than what they are, is nothing short of suicidal. This ideology has to be confronted, and it is held by more people than just the members of the Islamic State.
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