ISIS have released a new six-minute video on Thursday saying that they will blow up the Whitehouse in Washington D.C.
In the video one of two fighters threaten both U.S. and French presidents Barack Obama and Francois Hollande with a similar attack to the ones in Paris, saying “We will fry you with [suicide] belts and explosives.“.
The second fighter addressed France, saying, “You not prosper and you will not last long. We have started by you and we will end at the so-called White House which we will turn into black with our fires.”
The video begins with 40 seconds of news footage of the Paris attacks, before the unidentified ISIS members appear on camera. Unlike most ISIS media releases, this one features no graphic images of violence.
It was the second ISIS video in 24 hours threatening the U.S. A separate video that included previous footage of a simulated attack on New York City emerged on Wednesday.
The FBI responded, “While there is no specific articulable threat to the city at this time, the FBI NY Joint Terrorism Task Force continues to vigilantly work with NYPD and our other law enforcement partners to keep our community safe and fully investigate any threat information.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio urged New Yorkers to go to work and live normally. The city goes into full holiday mode beginning next week with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, followed by the Christmas tree lighting in Rockefeller Center. These and other events attract tens of millions of visitors each year.
“Stoking fear is the goal of terrorist organizations, but New York City will not be intimidated,” de Blasio said during a news conference Wednesday night. “New Yorkers won’t live in fear and people should continue to go to work, live their lives, and enjoy the greatest city in the world.”
Police Commissioner William Bratton said the video appears to be a “hastily produced” one using old film footage.
“Be aware, but do not be afraid. The NYPD will protect you,” Bratton said. “We cannot be intimidated, and that’s what terrorists seek to do. They seek to create fear. They seek to intimidate. We will not be intimidated, and we will not live in fear.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement that he directed state agencies to “enhance their preparedness” after the Paris attacks, which killed 129 people last week.
“Remember that the terrorists’ goal is to let fear win — New Yorkers never have, and we never will,” he said.
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