ISIS threatens White House in new video

Officials in Washington examining veracity of latest ISIS video, in which the group threatens the White House.

Ben Ariel,

The White House
The White House
Reuters

The Islamic State (ISIS) group on Thursday released a video in which it threatened to attack the White House, though officials in Washington said the video had to be analyzed to determine its veracity.

Details of the six-minute video, in which ISIS also said it would conduct more attacks on France, were reported by Reuters, which cited a translation of the Arabic provided by the Maryland-based SITE Intelligence Group.

The video opens with television news clips of the Paris attacks and then shows two jihadists threatening to "pound" French monuments and vowing to strike at the White House.

"We will blow it up, the same as we blew up the idols in this good land," one of them says, referring to the White House.

The second fighter threatens President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande. "We will grill them ... with (explosive) belts and car bombs."

But FBI Director James Comey was cautious on Thursday in discussing ISIS, saying he was not aware of any credible threat of a "Paris-type attack" in the United States, according to Reuters.

Specifically relating to the latest video, State Department spokesman John Kirby told CNN that it was being examined to determine its "veracity."

"Everybody here in the United States government are taking these threats seriously," he said.

News of the video comes a day after another video surfaced showing ISIS terrorists ostensibly preparing for a terrorist strike on Times Square.

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said, however, that the video is not new, and neither is the ISIS threat to attack New York.

“To be quite frank with you, there is nothing new about that video,” Bratton said during a press conference. The video was cut from a larger one released by ISIS a few months ago, he said.

Several countries in Europe have raised their alert levels following last week’s ISIS attacks in Paris.




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