The Islamic State group released a video Saturday purporting to show a French-speaking militant threatening attacks against the West and helping execute five so-called apostates and spies in Iraq.
The footage, posted on websites, is said to have been produced by the IS media office in Iraq’s Nineveh province, and shows young men testifying to have acted against the IS before being shot dead.
The French-speaker wears a beige mask and military fatigues and carries a handgun. Curls of blond hair can be seen below his mask.
The video appears to have been made after the 13 November Paris attacks that killed 130 people and were claimed by IS.
The French-speaking man brands the US-led coalition fighting IS in Syria and Iraq “imbecile miscreants” and warns that they will be unable to defeat the militant group.
He vows that IS will carry out acts that will make the West forget the 11 September 2001 attacks against the US that killed nearly 3,000 people, and the Paris carnage as well.
He also vows that the West, particularly Spain, will “pay dearly” for having crushed Muslim rule in ancient Andalusia, in southern Spain where the Moors ruled from 711 to 1492.
He speaks of Cordoba and Toledo and says the ancient land of Andalusia is Muslim and hasn’t been forgotten.
At the end of the almost eight-minute video, the French-speaker and other IS fighters shoot dead five kneeling men in orange jumpsuits.
The killings appear to take place in the ruins of a building that was destroyed in an air raid.