In an official statement posted online Sunday, Sept. 21, ISIS called on Muslims to kill non-Muslims, especially citizens of all countries who are part of the anti-ISIS coalition. The statement, which was translated into many languages, was made in a 42-minute long speech by the terrorist organization’s spokesman, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani.
Adnani called on all Muslims to kill Americans, Europeans – “especially the spiteful and filthy French” – Australians or Canadians. The statement instructed Muslims everywhere to kill all non-Muslims, whether they are in the military or just civilians.
Just to be clear that Adnani was not only speaking to the ISIS fighters, he gave clear instructions on the many different ways Muslims could kill the “non-believers,” even if the Muslims do not have weapons. And just to be thoroughly helpful and understanding towards those Muslims who may not be able to accomplish the ultimate goal of murdering a non-Muslim, the ISIS message explains what is expected if you cannot fulfill that goal.
Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him. If you are unable to do so, then burn his home, car, or business. Or destroy his crops. If you are unable to do so, then spit in his face.
Special attention was paid to what Adnani described as the perfidy of the Americans. In addition to insulting U.S. President Barack Obama by referring to him as “the mule of the Jews,” he referred several times to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as an “uncircumcised old geezer.”
In the nearly 42-minute long meandering propaganda speech uploaded to Twitter, ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani encourages Muslims to kill “disbelievers” in countries, including Canada, currently supporting American and French-backed military action against the group in Iraq “in any manner.”
“If you can kill a disbelieving American or European — especially the spiteful and filthy French — or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State … kill him in any manner or way however it may be,” said Adnani.
Threats made in the audio recording mirror those ISIS has made in other propaganda releases, including during the grisly beheading videos of two American journalists, James Foley and Stephen Sotloff, and British aid worker David Haines.
Adnani blamed Western allies for instigating a war against the terrorist group, and said the ongoing air incursions against ISIS positions in Iraq will be “the final campaign of the crusaders.”
Unlike other terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda, ISIS has established a widespread presence on social networks, using highly produced videos and audio recordings in an effort to recruit new fighters from abroad and intimidate those opposed to their murderous agenda.