Cameron on ISIS threats: 'Desperate stuff'

British PM says ISIS video threatening his country is "desperate stuff" designed to deflect from the group's recent military losses.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

British Prime Minister David Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron
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British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday described an Islamic State (ISIS) group video apparently showing the execution of five British "spies" as "desperate stuff" designed to deflect from their recent military losses, AFP reported.

The group threatened Britain in the Internet video Sunday showing the killing of five people it said worked with the international coalition fighting IS in Iraq and Syria.

"It's desperate stuff from an organization that really does do the most utterly despicable and ghastly acts and people can see that again today," Cameron said during a visit to east London, according to AFP.

"This is an organization that's losing territory... increasingly losing anybody's sympathy, and this again shows what an appalling organization we're up against," added the British premier.

In the footage, an English-speaking ISIS fighter mocks Cameron for challenging the jihadist group, and calls him an "imbecile".

"This is a message to David Cameron," says one of the gunmen, speaking in a British accent.

Britain's Foreign Office issued a short statement saying, "We are aware of the video and are examining the content."

The prime minister said ISIS was motivated by a hatred for Britain's "tolerant, democratic, multi-faith" values and that the jihadists would not succeed in the long term.

"Britain will never be cowed by this sort of terrorism. Our values are so much stronger than theirs," he declared.

"It may take a very long time but they will be defeated."

British warplanes, which were already attacking ISIS positions in Iraq, at the beginning of December began targeting the jihadists in Syria also.

The British airstrikes in Syria were made possible after the parliament approved them a month ago. The approval came two years after Cameron suffered an embarrassing defeat in parliament when MPs voted against British military action against the Bashar Al-Assad regime in Syria.

AFP contributed to this report.



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