Russia to investigate ISIS video threat
ISIS terrorists taunted the Russians on Thursday, vowing they will “make your wives concubines and your children slaves.”
In a bizarre video shown over vile footage of atrocities, the announcer says the jihadists will make “blood spill like an ocean” in Russia as payback for its support of Syria.
The oddly up-tempo Russian-language video, released by the ISIS propaganda operation, delivered a truly downbeat vision of Russia’s future.
“In your major cities, we will corner you,” the video voiceover announced. “You won’t be able to escape nor spread your corruption.
“You will live a life of humiliation only from now on. In the hereafter, hellfire awaits you.”
The video comes in apparent response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to bomb ISIS fighters in Syria. Putin is an ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Officials from the U.S. and Britain have already said a terrorist bomb was likely responsible for the Oct. 31 crash of Russian Metrojet Flight 9268 that killed all 224 people aboard.
Russia has suspended all flights to Egypt following the disaster.
The video promised more violence on the ground in Russia.
“The kafir (nonbeliever) throats will tremble from the knives,” the video promised. “The Kremlin will be ours. Europe is shaking, Russia is dying. We will cover you all with destructive death . . . The Russian city will be shocked.”
Russian officials said Thursday they were aware of the clip but could not verify it came from ISIS.
“I do not know the authenticity of this video. I do not know the authenticity of these sources,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on a conference call.
“But in any case, no doubt this will be material for review by our special services,” he said.
British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond told reporters that it “now looks more likely than not to have been an explosive device smuggled on to the plane” by ISIS terrorists or followers.
ISIS seemed to admit its role in the mass killing in Internet messages that surfaced after the crash, although no official cause has yet been determined. The official investigation could take months.
Twenty-five children were among the dead after the flight left the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh for St. Petersburg, Russia.