The Islamic State has released a video threatening to attack Americans “in any place” if U.S.
airstrikes in Iraq kill any of its members. The video emerged after the U.S. military provided air cover and drones to aid Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in recapturing the Mosul Dam. The 45 second recording features a graphic of the American flag splattered with blood and the phrase “we will drown all of you in blood.” It goes on to show footage of an American who was beheaded during the Iraq War, snipers shooting people and vehicles being blown up. The hastag #AmessagefromISIStoUS, which has been used to circulate Islamic State propaganda on social media, was also included in the video.
The Mosul Dam was recaptured from Islamic State militants yesterday by Kurdish and Iraqi forces, using U.S. airstrikes as cover. The dam is a strategically important location as it controls the water and electrical supply to the area. Additionally, the militants could use the dam as a weapon to flood surrounding villages, potentially killing thousands of people. The U.S. reportedly carried out 35 airstrikes over the past three days, destroying over 90 targets, including Islamic State vehicles and checkpoints.