The Islamic State has issued a chilling new statement calling on all Muslims to kill disbelievers in the US and Europe: “If you can kill a disbelieving American or European… then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way…”
In a 42-minute audio recording released via social media on Sunday, an ISIS spokesman calls on Muslims to kill civilians in countries that belong to the anti-ISIS, U.S.-led coalition. In the message, an ISIS spokesman says:
“If you can kill a disbelieving American or European, especially the spiteful and filthy French, or an Australian, or a Canadian or any other disbeliever, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way however it may be.”
Islamic State spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani made the statement in a new audio recording published in conjunction with a 11-page letter calling on Muslims worldwide to kill civilians of nations that join the fight against the Islamic State.
In the statement, the Islamic State spokesman encouraged Muslims to join the battle:
Oh, believer, do not let this battle pass you by wherever you may be.
… single out the disbelieving American, Frenchman, or any of their allies. Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him.
A spokesperson for the Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott said that, as far as the administration is concerned, the statement is authentic:
Australian agencies regard the statement issued today by ISIL calling for attacks against members of the international coalition, including Australians, as genuine. ISIL will claim that our involvement in this international effort is the reason they are targeting us, but these people do not attack us for what we do, but for who we are and how we live.
“We will continue to work with allies to push back against this threat,” Stephen Harper’s spokesman Jason MacDonald said in an emailed statement.
ABC reports the White House declined to comment on the statement.