ISIS Promotional Video Vows to 'Conquer Israel, Rome and Spain'
The 'Caliphate' established by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) published a full-length propaganda video earlier this week, showing the "different faces" of the Islamist state - including governmental, educational, and religious activities.
The speaker drew a sword from its scabbard and promised to continue the jihad, or holy war against non-Islamists, including Saudi Arabia, the Palestinian Authority (PA), Rome, and Spain, which was formerly under Islamic rule. He added that these goals are the "first step to taking over the world."
Footage then cuts to several scenes showing "educational" activities for the public on Islamism, including classes on radical Islam, "fun days" for children and teenagers which feature sweets and violent doctrine, and "recreational days" at the beach sponsored by ISIS terrorists. None of these activities feature women.
One child tells an interviewer during the montage that he wants "to be a jihad fighter" when he grows up so he can "fight the infidels."
Several Muslim singers also present concerts on songs whose topics include jihad and hatred for Jews and non-Muslims.
To show the "humanitarian" and religious sides of the ISIS, scenes show the terrorists handing out food to the needy. "Morality police" roam the streets during Friday prayers and threaten store owners with lashes unless they attend services.
An ISIS official also boasts over the new regime's literal interpretation of Islamic Sharia law, bragging over the rights to amputate the hands and feet of convicted thieves.
ISIS territory seeks to redraw national and state lines along religious delineations, separating the Shia and Alawite-majority Syria from the Sunni majority in southern Iraq.
Its territory currently extends from the city of Aleppo in northern Syria to the Deir el-Zour province near Iraq, over state lines to most of northern and Western Iraq.