WASHINGTON – A video released by the Islamic State, or ISIS, showing the beheading of missing American journalist James Wright Foley in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes has underscored concern of new information indicating ISIS has declared war on the United States.
The Islamic supremacist group also is training jihadists to attack targets in the United States and Europe, according to U.S. intelligence sources.
The sources told WND the al-Qaida splinter group is comprised of thousands of European and American jihadists who fought in the Syrian civil war and came to Iraq to train and fighting, first on behalf of various jihadist groups and now ISIS.
ISIS has declared the establishment of a caliphate that includes portions of northeastern Syria and western and central Iraq. It has threatened to expand throughout the Levant, which includes Syria, southern Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel and Saudi Arabia.
ISIS could join forces with other al-Qaida groups such as Al-Qaida in the Arab Peninsula, or AQAP, and Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, approximating all of the land Muslims conquered after the death of Muhammad in A.D. 632.
The development would make Europe particularly vulnerable from the south, especially through Spain, as WND recently reported.
Britain is especially concerned, since in recent weeks leaflets have been distributed in the London area declaring “Khilafah established,” or caliphate, without openly identifying with ISIS.
In addition, the executioner of Foley, as recorded in a video posted on YouTube, spoke with a distinct London accent. Voice recognition also is being tested to determine whether the murderer had been a prisoner at the U.S. facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
In the video, Foley’s killer displayed a second missing American journalist, Steven Joel Scotloff, and said he was next if there was any further U.S. air attacks on ISIS positions in Iraq.
“We are very concerned by the apparent fact that the murderer in question is British,” British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond told the London Daily Telegraph. “We are urgently investigating.”
Foley and Scotloff went missing in 2012 in Syria, and the videos are the first confirmation of their captivity.
In all, there are more than 2,000 Europeans and some 100 Americans who have gone to Syria to join ISIS.
Written by F. MICHAEL MALOOF
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