ISIS videos call for attacks against Saudi Arabia, slam the anti-extremism alliance

An ISIS militant is shown in a video calling for attacks against both Saudi Arabia and Bahrain after the formation of an Islamic military alliance against extremism.ISIS MEDIA
An ISIS militant is shown in a video calling for attacks against both Saudi Arabia and Bahrain after the formation of an Islamic military alliance against extremism.ISIS MEDIA

The Islamic State militant group (ISIS) released a number of videos on Wednesday calling for attacks against Saudi Arabia and criticizing Riyadh’s role in the 34-member anti-extremism Islamic military alliance that was announced on Tuesday.

The coalition to combat extremist groups such as ISIS is led by Saudi Arabia and includes Muslim-majority countries from Africa, the Middle East and Asia. A joint operations center in Riyadh will coordinate and support the coalition’s military missions.

In the videos, at least five of which were released, ISIS calls sympathizers to attack sites in Saudi territory and Bahrain, a member of both the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition and the Saudi-led Islamic coalition. The videos encourage the beheading of Shiite citizens and claim to show the execution of an Iraqi officer, as well as a purported ISIS attack in Saudi Arabia from September, in which a member of the group kills his cousin for joining the Saudi military. The Saudi Press Agency confirmed the attack at the time.

The videos are emblazoned with the logo of ISIS’s media wing and mainly show militants speaking to the camera on their own. One of the videos calling for attacks in Saudi Arabia was verified by the U.S.-based jihadi monitoring service SITE Intelligence.

In a video released by the group’s media wing in Libya, Al Barqah, photos show Saudi Arabia’s King Salman shaking hands with U.S. President Barack Obama, with an Arabic-speaking militant criticizing Riyadh’s relationship with the U.S.-led coalition currently tackling ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

The militant group often try to maximize the impact of their propaganda by issuing video campaigns shortly after events that affect their interests, says Miriam Goldman, director of intelligence at the Tel Aviv-based risk advisory The Levantine Group.

“This is one of ISIS’s campaigns and we have seen at least two of these in the past, where they issue multiple videos from various provinces about one specific issue,” she says. “For example, we saw a similar campaign about Israel; in the past we saw one about refugees.”

She adds: “I think it is intended to encourage lone-wolf attacks, to release videos that emphasize their interest in targeting Saudi Arabia. One of them praised the attackers who were involved in the Paris attacks, setting them up as role models for other individuals.”

The videos are just part of ISIS’s ongoing campaign against Saudi Arabia. The group claims to already have cells operating in three provinces, or Wilayats , operating within Saudi Arabia—Wilayat Bahrain, Wilayat Hijaz and Wilayat Najd—and, as Goldman notes, there has been a notable increase in ISIS attacks and ISIS-related arrests since the fall of 2014.

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  • Michaelinlondon1234

    Interesting that the biggest mass murderers and thieves in the region Israel are Quoted.

    • Hind Abyad

      The Emirate IS ISIS, who are they going to bomb..do you know?

      • Michaelinlondon1234

        As far as I can make out deash are a hybrid creature. They are Sunni. some were original recruited by the USA and UK. Going off to do there own thing. With elements of Saddam ex forces joining when they reached Iraq. Add the PR campaign drawing in more. A lot of children.
        They have all seen the moral example that Saudi sets with the head cutting scene.
        Then there was the Saudi prince in Lebanon with his load of captagon tablets…mmmm presumably his main supply route had been cut with Jordan border being closed by the USA as the USA took over Jordans military….
        The huge sums of trade and money robbed……..This is being run by wealthy groups not in Syria…..They are not cannon fodder or foot soldiers……….

  • 5thDrawer

    New ‘ISIS SONG’ For Videos .. without music of course, just a drum-beat to keep everyone in time.

    Boom boom boom boom, BOOM boom boom boom …,
    Kill your cousin, kill your aunt, kill anyone who doesn’t chant.
    Kill your sister, father too, if they dare say ‘boo’ to you.
    Kill one wife or maybe 4, if they do not sweep a floor.
    Kill your mother when you can, since she said to be a man.
    Boom boom boom boom, BOOM boom boom boom …,
    Kill the land and kill the crops, steal their bread when others drop.
    Kill a truck or car or bank, and kill for fun your daughter’s sons.
    Kill the history of the lands, and those who will not kiss your hands.
    Kill until there are none left, then, Kill your brother if he won’t kill you.
    Boom boom boom boom, BOOM boom boom boom …,

    (repeat ad infinitum ..)

    • 5thDrawer

      Short version for when in the ‘field’ to keep a concept in mind … pick your own tune, no drums.

      I’m an ISIS Super-Pill,
      Have a gun. Can make you chill.
      Have a beard, and black face-mask.
      Willing to kill, anything you ask.
      See my weapon? See my Gun?
      Bend over for a little fun.
      And I’m not ‘gay’, oh no siree.
      But you look awfully nice to me.

      • Hind Abyad

        You forgot Erdogan bombing Kurds with American planes…despite Turkey’s sponsorship of ISIS, it might be willing to bomb it. If only there were more Armenians and Kurds in ISIS.

        • 5thDrawer

          They allow real music.

    • Hind Abyad

      I have a more infinitum lugubrious video about Palestinians living like dogs while Israel and West strive and invest.
      Palestinian laborers on why they work in Israel despite checkpoints and danger
      http://mondoweiss.net/2015/12/palestinian-laborers-checkpoints