ISIS have released a barbaric propaganda video showing the Paris attackers beheading prisoners and training with weapons before they carried out the massacre in the city which left 130 people dead.
The video features threats from Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the mastermind of the Paris attacks, and also shows each of the other militants carrying out a horrific execution.
It ends with the jihadi group issuing a threat to carry out their next terror attack in the UK, following Britain’s decision to carry out airstrikes in Syria.
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The video features threats from Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the mastermind of the attacks, and also shows each of the other militants carrying out a horrific execution
Sickening: Samy Amimour, a former French bus driver, is shown grinning after he is graphically videoed beheading a prisoner
The video finishes with the jihadi group issuing a threat to carry out their next terror attack in the UK in reaction to Britain’s decision to carry out airstrikes in Syria
Former bus driver Samy Amimour is featured in one of the most distressing scenes in the footage, when he smiles into the camera after picking up the head of a decapitated prisoner.
He then delivers a chilling message, ‘Soon in Champs-Elysses.’
A threat is then made against the UK with video using footage of the House of Commons vote in favour of strikes in Syria.
The message reads: ‘Whoever stands in the ranks of Kufr will be a target for our swords and will fall in humiliation’ and appears while David Cameron addresses the house.
The beginning of the video footage is carefully intermixed with a range of media clips from the harrowing attacks on Friday, November 13.
Each of the fighters give a short speech, laden with curses against the West, calling for Muslims to wage jihad in their home countries.
Abbaoud is the first fighter to speak, declaring ISIS are ‘masters not slaves’ before pledging to carry out terror attacks.
‘We will make you taste terror, and you will taste it in your very stronghold,’ he declares in an audio message.
‘By Allah, we will make rivers out of your blood on this day. We will fight you to the lat man among us and there is nothing between us and you but the edge of the sword,’ he says.
The Belgian jihadist’s speech may have been filmed in Europe as the fighter can be seen wearing only a military-style jacket and casual clothes.
A drawing board and the flag of Tawheed can be seen in the background of the grainy footage, adding to the likelihood his final statement was the only one not filmed in Syria or Iraq.
‘SOON IN CHAMPS-ELYSEES’ – THE SICKENING MOMENT JIHADI PICKS UP SEVERED HEAD AND SMILES WITH DELIGHT
In one of its most harrowing scenes, ISIS’s new propaganda video shows a sickening moment where one of the fighters smiles as he shows off a severed head
In one of its most harrowing scenes, ISIS’s new propaganda video shows a sickening moment where one of the fighters smiles as he shows off a severed head.
French fighter Foued Mohamed Aggad, also known Abu Fuad al-Faransi, is shown beheading one of the prisoners.
In a rare sign of apparent mercy, the victim’s face is blurred out by ISIS. However in a sickening turn, the video pauses and the footage goes black-and-white.
The beheading footage is then re-shown from the beginning, graphically revealing every detail of the macabre act without any censorship.
After the execution Aggad stands to one side and another fighter kneels down and picks up the prisoners severe head.
Holding the bloody remains in his gloved hand, fellow French fighter Samy Amimour declares in a quiet voice: ‘Soon in Champs-Elysses.’
The terrifying warning is matched by Amimour’s haunting smile, which creeps across his hateful face as he dumps the head on the ground and walks off.
The camera proceeds to do several close up angles of the head before showing another execution.
Brutal: 20-year-old Belgian fighter Bilal Hadfi is shown pulling off the hood of a prisoner and cutting his throat with a knife
A threat is made against the UK with video using footage of the House of Commons vote in favour of strikes in Syria
Horrific: Iraqi fighter Ali al-Iraqi is shown shooting a prisoner. He entered Europe using a false Syrian passport
Prepared: Brahim Abdeslam is shown carrying out target practice against the side of a building. He blew himself up at a Paris cafe on Boulevard Voltaire
At large: Abdeslam’s brother Salah is still thought to be on the run after he dumped his suicide belt and fled the country
Despicable: Omar Ismail Mostefai gives a lengthy speech, laden with Quranic quotes and threats of violence before executing a man. He was the first of the attackers to be identified by French police
A montage of the nine attackers is shown at the start of the video, with each of the fighters labelled with their Arabic nom de guerres.
Europe’s most wanted man Salah Abdeslam and accomplice Mohammed Abrini are two notable figures missing from the photo, most likely because they are believed to still be alive.
A statement declares the footage as ‘the final messages of the nine lions of the khilafah (caliphate).’
It also describes how the jihadis were ‘mobilized from their dens to bring their entire country – France – to her knees.’
‘They raised the word of the tawhid (oneness of God) and lived in the ayat (verse) of the quran by killing the kufar (non-believers) wherever they found them.
‘And they continued to do so until the thirst for their own success was quenched with nothing other than their own blood,’ the video claims.
The video features four extremely graphic beheadings as well as lengthy speeches from each of the fighters.
In a rare sign of apparent mercy, the victim’s face is blurred out by ISIS. However in a sickening turn, the video pauses and the footage goes black-and-white as it rewinds
The beheading footage is then re-shown from the beginning, graphically revealing every detail of the macabre act without any censorship
Haunting: Moments after the sickening execution, Amimour steps in and grabs the head, chillingly warning: ‘Soon in Champs-Elysees’
Smiling assassin: The vile jihadi was one of the three terrorists to blow himself up at the Bataclan theatre
Grotesque: Samy Amimour said that he had been sent by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to carry out the terrorist attacks in Paris
One of the beheaded victims has been identified as Syrian activist Hamouda Al qasab, activists in Raqqa have confirmed.
Members of the activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently confirmed that parts of the video appears to have been filmed near the city while other parts were likely to have been shot in Iraq.
Chakib Akrouh, the last member of the terror cell to be formally identified, is shown giving a lengthy speech inside a quiet park.
Reading from a sheet of paper, Akrouh, who was identified by a fingerprint found on an AK-47 inside the hired car, describes Francois Hollande as ‘the dog of the White House.’
‘Your hands have been tainted with blood for a simple reason. That reason is your election of this president who today bombs our Muslim brothers in Mali, Sham and Iraq.
The fanatic, dressed in a camouflage uniform with a matching tactical vest and folded balaklava hat, urges people to ‘repent before it’s too late.’
Samy Amimour is shown urging lone wolf attacks in Europe, telling wannabe terrorists to use any means – even ‘to smash their head with a rock’ – as a way to inflict violence.
Revealed: Belgian national Chakib Akrouah was the last suicide bomber to be identified from the attacks
Mystery: Little is known about Iraqi fighter Ukashah al-Iraqi, who is filmed executing a prisoner using a pistol with an extended magazine
Murderer: Known by the nom de guerre Abu Fuad al-Faransi, Foued Mohamed-Aggad, 23, travelled to Syria with his brother Karim in 2013
Bomber: Bilal Hadfi, a French national who lived in Belgium, was the suicide bomber who tried to enter the Stade de France while France were playing Germany. He was denied entry and blew himself up in the nearby rue de la Cokerie
The video also features the two fighters who were only identified as holding false Syrian passports. The men were actually Iraqi nationals, calling themselves Ukashah al-Iraqi and Ali al-Iraqi.
Two Syrian passports, under the names Ahmad al-Mohamed and Mohamed al-Mohamed were found at the scene by police.
A Greek official later confirmed a person holding Ahmad al-Mohammad’s passport went through administrative processing on the Greek island of Leros after setting out from Turkey, staying there for five days before arriving by ship in Athens.
He later entered Serbia, where authorities took fingerprints that match those given in Greece, and he then crossed into Croatia the next day, according to a Serbian security official.
With the exception of the footage of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the video appears to have been shot with a high definition camera and carefully edited.
During the execution video, animated graphics have been added, including a target sign over the top of the victims head.
At one point, the jihadi video appears to censor part of the execution footage, pixelating out the face of one of the prisoners as he is being beheaded.
In a cruel twist, the footage rewinds and shows closeup footage in slow motion of the man’s horrific death.
The video ends with snippets of archived footage from the streets of London, including several notable landmarks and buildings.
The group threatens to target the UK in revenge for its support towards France and for carrying out airstrikes in Syria.
WHO WERE THE PARIS ATTACKERS: MANY CROSSED OFFICIALS’ RADAR
French investigators identified Belgian-born Abaaoud of Moroccan descent as the architect of the Paris attacks
ABDELHAMID ABAAOUD, 28
French investigators identified Belgian-born Abaaoud of Moroccan descent as the architect of the Paris attacks. A U.S. official briefed on intelligence matters said Abaaoud was a key figure in an ISIS external operations cell that U.S. intelligence agencies have been tracking for months.
Officials initially believed he had coordinated the assaults against the Stade de France stadium, cafes and a rock concert from Syria, but he died during a police raid on a Paris apartment that was a 15-minute walk from the Stade de France.
Abaaoud was also suspected of involvement in several thwarted attacks this year, including on a church in the Parisian suburb of Villejuif, and possibly an attempted attack on a high-speed train when three Americans tackled a heavily armed man.
Abaaoud is believed to have got to know some of the attackers responsible for the Paris massacre in the Moleenbeek neighborhood of Brussels where he grew up.
He had bragged in the ISIS’s English-language magazine that he was able to slip in and out of Europe undetected.
Abaaoud was wanted in Belgium, where he was sentenced in absentia this year to 20 years’ imprisonment for serving as an ISIS recruiter and kidnapping his younger brother, Younes. Belgian authorities say Abaaoud brought the boy, then 13, to Syria last year to join him in IS-controlled territory.
THE BATACLAN KILLERS
Three suicide bombers – two who blew themselves up and one shot by police – have been identified as targeting concert-goers at the Bataclan music venue:
Police say Ismael Omar Mostefai blew himself up at the Bataclan theatre
ISMAEL OMAR MOSTEFAI, 29
Police say Mostefai blew himself up at the theatre. Tall, quiet and conservatively dressed, Mostefai appears to have aroused little suspicion at the housing block he shared with his family in the French cathedral city of Chartres or at the nearby Anoussra Mosque.
French police believe Mostefai travelled to Syria in the past few years.
SAMY AMIMOUR, 28
The Frenchman was charged in a terrorism investigation in 2012. He had been placed under judicial supervision but dropped off the radar and was the subject of an international arrest warrant.
Amimour, who had a short career as a bus driver, had already run into trouble with the law. French officials quizzed him on October 19, 2012, over links to a network of terror sympathizers and an abortive trip to Yemen.
Amimour’s father traveled to ISIS-held territory in June 2014 in an effort to convince his son to leave Syria but was rebuffed, according to Le Monde newspaper. ‘He was with another guy, who never left us alone,’ the father said.
FOUED MOHAMED AGGAD, 23
Finally identified as the third Bataclan theatre attacker, nearly a month after the massacre in Paris.
The 23-year-old is understood to have travelled to Syria with his brother and a group of friends at the end of 2013, according to a source close to the investigation.
STADIUM SUICIDE BOMBERS
Authorities say three suicide bombers were set to attack the Stade de France, though they were unable to get into the stadium and they killed only one bystander:
Little is known about Ali al-Iraqi, one of the two Iraqi fighters who used Syrian passports to enter Europe
ALI AL-IRAQI and UKASHA AL-IRAQI
Little is known about the two Iraqi fighters, who used a false Syrian passport of the name Ahmad al-Mohammed. The document described Al-Mohammad as a 25-year-old from the rebel-held Syrian city Idlib. French officials said in a statement that the bomber’s fingerprints match a set taken in Greece in October.
A Greek official says the person holding Al-Mohammad’s passport went through administrative processing on the Greek island of Leros after setting out from Turkey, staying there for five days before arriving by ship in Athens.
He later entered Serbia, where authorities took fingerprints that match those given in Greece, and he then crossed into Croatia the next day, according to a Serbian security official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press.
BILAL HADFI, 20
A police official who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to speak publicly identified Hadfi, a French citizen, as one of the three stadium bombers. Belgian police said Friday they were keeping in custody a person linked to Hadfi in an investigation not directly related to the Paris attacks.
An official in the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office said raids related to Hadfi targeted people in his “entourage.”
CHAKIB AKROUH, 25
Chakib Akrouh, 25, was the last suicide bomber of the group to be named by police. He was a Belgian national who had travelled to Syria before returning to Belgium.
Authorities believe there was one attacker on the cafe Comptoir Voltaire:
BRAHIM ABDESLAM, 30 or 31
Abdeslam, elder brother of fugitive Salah Abdeslam, blew himself up outside the cafe.
A person in Belgium familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press that Brahim Abdeslam became ‘close’ with Abaaoud while living in the Molenbeek neighborhood.
ON THE LOOSE
On the loose: Salah Abdeslam (pictured) is suspected of having rented the VW Polo and Renault Clio cars used in the attacks
Salah Abdeslam, 26, French, born in Brussels. Suspected of having rented the VW Polo and Renault Clio cars used in the attacks. Investigators say he went to Belgium from France the day after the attacks in a VW Golf, despite being stopped by French police along the way in routine road checks before his name was circulated as a suspect.
His brother Brahim died in the attack.
Fears that Salah was back in Belgium and might be plotting
attacks prompted the closure of Brussels underground rail lines,
schools, shopping centres and other public places on November 20.
The shutdown was partially lifted on November 25.
French police are examining a suicide belt dumped in
Montrouge on the southwestern fringes of Paris, where phone
traces suggested Salah was present on the night of November 13.
Investigators are trying to establish whether Salah was
supposed to carry out an attack in Paris’s 18th district, the
prosecutor said. In its statement, Islamic State claimed
responsibility for an attack there that did not happen.
HASNA AITBOULAHCEN: woman, 26, who suffocated under rubble in
the November 18 police assault in St. Denis.
Police were tapping her
phone as part of a drugs probe and watched her lead Abaaoud back
to the apartment before the raid. Abaaoud and another man
apparently called her in haste on November 17 from where they were
hiding in bushes to find them a hideout.
Other: The third person who died in the St. Denis raid may have
been the third gunman involved in the cafe shootings, but this
has yet to be confirmed.