Attack on Paris ‘Just the Beginning’: ISIS Audio Statement in English Claims Responsibility
ISIS released a statement on Saturday claiming responsibility for the Islamic terror attacks on Paris Friday night that killed around 127 and wounded more than 200.
The bloody attacks were carried out by eight terrorists employing gunfire and explosives on several locations.
The terrorists were carrying passports from Egypt, France and Syria.
The statement by ISIS was released in French and Arabic text and audio as well as American English and Russian audio recordings, according to the Site Intel Group.
Site Intel posted an English translation, which differs somewhat from the American English audio posted by ISIS
An MP3 file of the ISIS statement can be found here.
(Trancsribed by Kristinn Taylor)
The audio begins with a male voice singing in English the chorus to a song about the ‘soldiers of Allah’.
“For the sake of Allah we will march though the gates of the paradise where our maidens await.
“We are men that love death just as you love your life, for the soldiers that fight in the day and the night.
The statement is then read in perfect, unaccented American English by a male voice.
“A statement on the Blessed Onslaught in Paris against the crusader nation of France. Saturday the second of Safar 1437 hijri.
“In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Beneficent.
“Allah-ta’ala said: “They thought that their fortresses would protect them from Allah. But Allah came upon them from where they had not expected, and He cast terror into their hearts so they destroyed their houses by their own hands and the hands of the believers. So take warning, oh people of vision.” (Al-Hashr: verse 2)
“In a blessed battle whose causes of success were enabled by Allah, a group of believers from the soldiers of the Caliphate–may Allah strengthen and support it–set out targeting the capital of prostitution and vice, the lead carrier of the Cross in Europe: Paris.
“This group of believers were youth who divorced the worldly life and advanced towards their enemy hoping to be killed for Allah’s sake, doing so in support of His religion, His Prophet, blessings and peace be upon him, and his allies. They did so in spite of His enemies, thus they were truthful with Allah. We consider them so, and Allah granted victory upon their hands and cast terror into the hearts of the Crusaders in their very own homeland.
“And so eight brothers equipped with explosive belts and assault rifles attacked precisely chosen targets in the center of the capital of France. These targets included the Stade de France stadium during a soccer match between the teams of Germany and France–both of which are Crusader nations–attended by the Imbecile of France, Francois Holland.
“The targets included the Bataclan Theater for Exhibitions where hundreds of pagans gathered for a concert of prostitution and vice. There also simultaneous attacks on other targets in the Tenth, Eleventh and Eighteenth Districts and elsewhere.
“Paris was thereby shaken beneath the Crusaders’ feet, who were constricted by its streets. The result of the attacks was the deaths of no less than 200 Crusaders and the wounding of even more. All praise, grace and favor belong to Allah.
“Allah blessed our brothers and granted them what they desired. They detonated their explosive belts in the masses of the disbelievers after finishing all their ammunition. We ask Allah to accept them amongst the martyrs and to allow us to follow them.
“Let France and all nations following its path know that they will continue to be at the top of the target list for the Islamic State. And that the scent of death will not leave their nostrils as long as they partake in the Crusader campaign; as long as they dare to curse our Prophet, blessings and peace be upon him; and as long as they boast about their war against Islam in France and their strikes against Muslims in the lands of the Caliphate with their jets–which were of no avail to them in the filthy streets and alleys of Paris.
“Indeed this is just the beginning. It is also a warning for any who wish to take heed. Allah is the greatest.
“And to Allah belongs all honor, and to His Messenger and to the believers, but the hypocrites do not know.”(From Al-Munafiqun: verse 8)
The audio concludes with more of the ‘soldiers of Allah’ song.
H/t for audio: Caleb Weiss.