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ISIS Ignores EgyptAir Crash, Urges Supporters To Kill Americans

A new audio statement from the organization's official spokesperson makes no mention of the EgyptAir crash

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An ISIS fighter in Mosul. — REUTERS
May 21, 2016 at 4:49 PM ET

ISIS spokesperson Abu Muhammad al-Adnani released an audio statement today in which he threatened America and Europe, but made zero mention of the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804. It is unknown why the plane went down over the Mediterranean early Thursday morning, though officials are considering a terrorist act to be a possible cause.

In the new statement, al-Adnani calls upon “soldiers and supporters of the Caliphate in Europe and America” to attack civilians and “open the door of Jihad” in their homes. “Spread the terror,” he said, “until a neighbor will be afraid of his neighbor.”

Mocking “the mule Obama” who announced withdrawal from Iraq, al-Adnani threatened America. “We are not afraid of armies and threats and campaigns. You will never be victorious. You will be defeated,” he said. He then went on to ask, “Do you think, America, that you will win by killing a commander or another?” Adnani is likely referring to the death of Abu Ali al-Anbari, the former second-in-command of ISIS, who was killed in late March during a U.S. raid in Syria, according to U.S. officials.

Adnani also declared that America will not win “even if they will take Mosul, Sirte, Raqqa or all the cities,” possibly laying the groundwork for increased violence in light of word that the U.S. is planning an offensive on the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa in northeast Syria. “We will [fight] until the death,” he said.

At the end of his speech, Adanai offered words of encouragement to ISIS fighters—”You are victorious,” he declared—and called on them to attack Saudi Arabia. “They are the first to be defeated,” he predicted.

The speech, titled “That they live by proof,” was released by al-Furqan media, the main ISIS propaganda wing that has been responsible for publishing gruesome beheading videos. The extremists also released images said to be of supporters listening to al-Adnani’s speech.