On Monday, the terrorist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, (ISIS), posted a threatening video to social media. In the video, ISIS warned the United States it will attack Americans “in any place” if U.S. raids continue to strike their fighters.
Since ISIS has been in Iraq, they have beheaded children and issued Christians an ultimatum "convert or die." They have also released videos with statements like: "God willing we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House," according to the Christian Post.
The latest video from ISIS was released by Reuters and allegedly shows a photo of an American who was beheaded during the U.S. occupation of Iraq. It also includes a threat to all Americans that says:
We will drown all of you in blood.
Rumor has it that Muslim states such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey are financially supporting ISIS; all of these states are U.S. allies. The Washington Institute released a policy analysis that states: "At present, there is no credible evidence that the Saudi government is financially supporting ISIS." While the Saudi government may not be officially funding ISIS, some of its citizens are. The policy analysis also states:
"Today, Saudi citizens continue to represent a significant funding source for Sunni groups operating in Syria. Arab Gulf donors as a whole...of which Saudis are believed to be the most charitable... have funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to Syria in recent years, including to ISIS and other groups."
Riyadh knows there is financial support being sent to ISIS from some of their citizens and should do more to stop that funding to radical groups like ISIS. At least one member of the Islamic State has confirmed that Turkey, a member of NATO, has sent financial support to the terrorist group, according, to The Jerusalem Post.
The unidentified terrorist said:
"Turkey paved the way for us. Had Turkey not shown such understanding for us, the Islamic State would not be in its current place. It [Turkey] showed us affection. Large [numbers] of our mujahedeen received medical treatment in Turkey. We do not have the support of Saudi Arabia, but many Saudi families who believe in jihad do assist us. But anyhow, we will no longer need it, soon.
We will build the Islamic state in the territories from Tigris to Jordan and Palestine and to Lebanon. Sunni Law will rule."
Terrorists are said to have taken over a key town in southern Syria, Azaz, in Sept. 2013. This is significant because Azaz borders Turkey and is said to have been captured by terrorists because it allows easier access to jihadists. Breitbart also reports that two months after the capture of Azaz, CNN did a report that featured Turkey's secret jihadist route to Syria. Turkey is denying any funding of ISIS, according to Breitbart News.
With the rise of ISIS and their invasion of Iraq it almost seems certain that America's soldiers and Marines will be drawn into another occupation of Iraq.
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