New IS Video Warns US Over Iraq Deployment

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isisThe militant Islamic State group released a video warning the United States that its fighters are waiting for it in Iraq if President Barack Obama sends troops there, as his top general said may happen if the current strategy of airstrikes fails.

The slick 52-second video entitled “Flames of War” shows militants blowing up tanks and images of wounded U.S. soldiers. It then shows a clip of Obama saying that combat troops will not be returning to Iraq, ending with a text overlay that reads “fighting has just begun.”

The video’s timing, released late Tuesday, suggested it was a response to Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who said in testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee that if the current Iraq strategy doesn’t prevail, he may recommend the use of ground troops.

“To be clear, if we reach the point where I believe our advisers should accompany Iraqi troops on attacks against specific ISIL targets, I will recommend that to the president,” Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, declared in testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee. He referred to the militants by an alternative name.

The video was released by the Islamic State group’s Al Hayat media center and was portrayed as a trailer for a longer video to follow. The group operates a sophisticated propaganda machine with slick production techniques, using social media to broadcast a stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience.

The strategy is aimed at terrorizing opponents at home and winning recruits abroad. The group recently released three videos showing the beheading of two American journalists and a British aid worker.

(AP)


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  1. Don’t worry about it guys. That wimp Obummer already announced that the U.S. will not send in ground troops so stop the threats.
    You probably haven’t got too much to worry about since the other countries in the collation are going to do some hard thinking. Why should we send in ground troops when the mightiest country in the world won’t.
    Obummer is a weak, limp, dumb, stupid, and lousy President. He should be impeached so he can go home and play with his marbles, the ones that come out of his head.
    If I were President I would put lots of troops on the ground, get the other countries to do the same, then sweep across Iraq and Syria and kill every last one of you. You are all sick people and your leader is totally deranged. No trials, no jails, no hand slapping, JUST DEAD INSTANTLY.