ISIS Releases Video Vowing Attack On Washington Next
Reports are circulating that a new video issued by the Islamic State threatens that countries fighting against its forces in Syria, and specifically Washington, D.C., will face the same carnage as France.
“We say to the states that take part in the crusader campaign that, by God, you will have a day, God willing, like France’s and by God, as we struck France in the center of its abode in Paris, then we swear that we will strike America at its center in Washington,” said one terrorist featured in the video, which was published on the “Dark Net.”
For those unfamiliar, the Dark Net, or Dark Web, is a breeding ground for propagating and disseminating terrorist content due to the anonymity the space affords its users. Terrorists use the Dark Web to spread its propaganda, recruit new jihadists, and secure funding through black-market trade.
According to a cyber security focused blog the U.S. intelligence community is well aware of Dark Net but tracking dow those operating in its space has proven difficult. From Security Affairs:
The Dark Web is difficult to monitor for intelligence agencies and it is not so easy to locate members of terrorist organizations like the ISIS that share propaganda content. In the principal black markets hosted on the deep web it is possible to purchase any kind of illegal product and service, but in the dark part of the web it is possible to find propaganda videos and images. Hidden services in the Deep Web also offer the possibility to download the mobile apps used by the jihadists to communicate securely and to transfer Bitcoins to terrorist cells in every place of the world.
While the authenticity of this newly released ISIS video has yet to be verified, it certainly would be prudent, at this stage, to take it at face value. With roughly 130 dead and nearly 400 injured in Paris at the hands of those fighting for the Islamic State, it is wise to play it safe and assume that these terrorists are capable of attacking anyone, anywhere, anytime. Now what will Western “leaders” do about it?