ISIS Vows Attack On Washington In New Video

The threat is part of a broader propaganda push devoted to praising the Paris attacks

Nov 16, 2015 at 8:21 AM ET

ISIS militants vowed to attack Washington, D.C. in a new video published on Monday, just days after deadly attacks swept sites across Paris.

“We say to the countries taking part in the Crusader campaign that as we struck France in the heart of their homes in Paris, we swear to strike America at its heart in Washington,” a militant said in the video. “We are saying to the European countries that we are coming to you with explosives and bombings, (suicide) belts and silencers.”

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The clip, distributed by the Islamic State’s official media wing in Salah el-Din, Iraq, was released as part of a three-part video series published by ISIS branches across the region. The terror group threatened countries involved in what it called the “Crusader campaign,” referring to U.S.-led coalition airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

France dropped 20 bombs on Raqqa, Syria on Sunday night, targeting ISIS strategic points in retaliation for Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the horrific violence that left at least 129 people dead and injured hundreds of others.

Authorities have conducted raids in the Brussels district of Molenbeek and neighborhoods across France. French police conducted 168 overnight raids, put 104 people on house arrest and arrested 23 people, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said, according to Reuters.