At Least Four Prior ISIS Videos Threatening France

In November, 2014, just days after the mass beheadings of Syrian pilots by Jihadi John and 16 or 18 other fighters, in which Peter Kassig's severed head appears, French ISIS members released a video, What Are You Waiting For?" It reportedly served as one of the inspirations for Almedy Coulibaly's Charlie Hebdo attacks. You can watch a copy with English translations here. I wrote about it at length here. SITE described it here and the Daily Mail here.


The French fighters are identified as Abu Osama al-Faranci, Abu Maryam al-Faranci and Abu Salman al-Faranci. Abu Maryam al-Faranci says the “mujahideen” will not hesitate to chop the heads of the “enemies of Islam.” “You will even fear travelling to the market,” he said. Abu Salman al-Faranci is featured the most in the video.

Abu Maryam al-Faranci's real name is Kevin Chassan. He is from Toulouse and was killed in a suicide bombing in Iraq in May, 2015.

In February, 2015, ISIS released "Message to France" featuring two Belgian fighters.

The man at the left was identified as Lotfi Aoumeur (kunya unknown), aged 24 from Verviers, Belgium. He served two years in a medical unit of the Belgian army (2010-2012). The Department of Defence acknowledged this information officialy.
At the right: Redwane Hajaoui (aka Abu Khalid al-Maghribi), aged 22 from Verviers, Belgium. He left for Syria early 2014.

Here is part of their message:

This is a message to you François Hollande, a message to everyone living in France. Know that the soldiers of the Islamic State are everywhere and that the nightmare has just begun. You have crossed a line by insulting our prophet and religion. We all await the order of our caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to bomb you, kill you, behead you. The nightmare has just begun. We will have no pity for you.

This is a message for all French speaking Muslims, for everybody who speaks French. You will have to make a choice here; this is a battle between Muslims and kufr, a battle between true and wrong. It is time to pick a side, whether you’re with us, whether with them. Those who didn’t make Hijra yet, should do so, it is an obligation. But if one can not leave, act from within. Fight them, kill them, with whatever weapon available. Smash them down, burn their cars, burn down police stations. Make Hijra

So we are ready to fight you, we are waiting. You are just a coward bombing us. But you, François Hollande, and your little men, will never come, because you are nothing but a coward. You are worthless. Why are you afraid to fight us here on the ground? Come to this ground and fight us here. Come taste this. But for now my knive is thirsty for blood, so I kill murtadeen, …, all who attack us we fight back.

We are fighting here now and will be forgiving towards the Muslims and harsh for the disbelievers. But we will come with this and cut off your heads. Car bombs from Paris to Brussels are no problem.

A third French ISIS fighter video calling for attacks in France was released in late December or early January, 2015. (I saved it on my computer in December but the media says it was released in January.) It's called "Recevez Ce Message", and contains a screed against nationalism. I mentioned it other anti-French videos at the time here and here.

In early February, 2015, ISIS released "Blow Up France 2" which included the girlfriend of Almedy Coulibaly.

None of these are new videos. All were mentioned and described in mainstream media when published.

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    Why Hate France in Particular? (none / 0) (#1)
    by RickyJim on Sat Nov 14, 2015 at 05:10:36 PM EST
    Does ISIS dislike France more than Germany, Britain, Russia or the US?  Does the reason they chose to attack France have more to do with the large number of its citizens of North African origin, they can recruit, more than anything ideological?  After all, France is pretty popular in the Muslim World.  I remember seeing a survey of Egyptian public opinion where France was the #1 favorite among western countries and the US was way down.

    One thing I don't see much about is ISIS' stance on Israel.  France does not have anywhere as close a relationship with that country as does the US. Those who carried out 9/11 made no secret that their main complaint was US support of Israel.  It is hard to believe that a county, so universally hated by its Muslim neighbors, is totally off ISIS' radar.

    I do t know that they hate France any more (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by ruffian on Sun Nov 15, 2015 at 11:09:32 AM EST
    than anyone, but it may have been the best opportunity target. Major city, big publicity, easy to get to, taking advantage of the so-called refugee trail.

    They hate everyone (5.00 / 2) (#8)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Nov 15, 2015 at 09:37:36 PM EST
    It is ridiculous to attempt to understand what anyone can do to "prevent" them from attacking you. They will attack everyone, their only need is an accessible target.

    They beheaded a child in Afghanistan last week.

    These people aren't sane


    It's a good time to be a psychopath (none / 0) (#10)
    by Dadler on Mon Nov 16, 2015 at 09:49:00 AM EST
    Whether east or west, terrorist or imperialist.

    Good time to be a psychopath.

    The global proliferation of murderous weaponry has sort of rendered good people as steaming piles of mush whenever the mushmakers decide it.

    Never fly in a plane piloted by a believer in reincarnation, that sort of thing.

    We exist in certifiably absurdist times. A Beckett play with Michael Bay's effects budget.


    I completely disagree (5.00 / 5) (#11)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Nov 16, 2015 at 11:47:30 AM EST
    People are always at choice, every single one of us. There has always been murderous weaponry, as there have always been murderers eager to wield it.  There have always been blood thirsty people, and cultures that raised individuals from the cradle to be murderous and evil.

    People are always at choice. I've had plenty of horrible things happen to me, and I'm always at choice as to what I do next.

    I am tired of individuals coming up with all sorts of convolutions as to why ISIS is murdering innocent people. ISIS murders people because ISIS wants to murder people.


    Agreed (none / 0) (#13)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Nov 16, 2015 at 02:31:50 PM EST
    I think that their age is also a reflection of the brutality.  It used to be older people directing young people, now it seems like it's all young people and I know someone is going to get mad when I say, ISIS is a millennial fad.

    They aren't just killing westerners, they are killing and enslaving their own, basically anyone that doesn't want what they want or doesn't live the life they think is religious enough, is a target.  Which looking at some of the idiotic things they have said, is pretty much everyone.

    Where I disagree is what we should do about it.  I am all for supporting someone else, which now seems to be France.  But I would like some clear objectives and a plan that is more than throwing troops, bombs, and money at the problem.

    The last thing we need to do is create more refugees and more enemies with some half-a$$ed plan like 'Eliminating ISIS'.

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    My Aunt right now on facebook (5.00 / 2) (#16)
    by CST on Mon Nov 16, 2015 at 04:03:43 PM EST
    "I have come to believe that the biggest, ugliest, most violent problems, all over the world, are caused by young men who can't get laid."

    That's what Bill Maher says too (none / 0) (#17)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Nov 16, 2015 at 04:15:53 PM EST
    Oh I Don't That is New... (none / 0) (#19)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Nov 16, 2015 at 04:29:50 PM EST
    ...men and their unused organs are/were behind most of the world violence problems.

    I think jobs/economies are also in the mix in that ISIS is offer them the ability to be somebody and to be part of something stoic & historic or so goes the sales pitch.


    Testosterone & the Foreign Legion (none / 0) (#21)
    by christinep on Mon Nov 16, 2015 at 05:53:03 PM EST
    The Soldier of Fortune siren song always had an allure ... now, mass marketing via the Internet enhances that come-on.

    Years ago an old Russian professor told our class about her younger brother who left the Russian homeland in his early teens to make his fortune in new horizons.  The destination: Alaska.

    Then, there was always "Go West, young man, Go West." More often than not, tho, proud and glowing boys went off to fight in any number of wars ... and, I'm guessing that they didn't think much about blood & guts to be spilled in the Crimea or in the trenches of WWI or any other combat engagement.  There were the bugles and drums, afterall.

    It is really the norm of the world, unfortunately, that the young seek the defining moment of battle ... all when a 17 or 18 or20 year old can't possibly know much about genuine forever loss. Immortality, maybe; or notions of glory to replace the ultimate fear.  What IS surprising to me, however, is the apparent willingness to turn so brutal so quickly. Does the propaganda overlay of fancy filming fictionalize it enough that the actions beckon like surreal adventures?


    I don't see a big difference in handling (none / 0) (#14)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Nov 16, 2015 at 03:39:30 PM EST
    ISIS than what contains Hezbollah now, or inspired Hamas to evolve.

    The one thing I can't help noticing is that most new terrorists organizations are rooted in Islam. But it isn't like ISIS is original :)


    And Twitter isn't reading their lists (none / 0) (#31)
    by Jeralyn on Wed Nov 25, 2015 at 02:55:41 AM EST
    The question (none / 0) (#18)
    by FlJoe on Mon Nov 16, 2015 at 04:29:08 PM EST
    many people are trying answer is not so much why they do these things, but rather what toxic environment allows this evil to exist and flourish.

    That Would Be the Internet... (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Nov 16, 2015 at 04:31:19 PM EST
    ...and I am not being snarky.

    One root cause: the 1961 Paris massacre (none / 0) (#2)
    by Mr Natural on Sat Nov 14, 2015 at 06:52:45 PM EST
    of fifty (acknowledged) to several hundred (unacknowledged) Algerians who were demonstrating for Algerian independence.  Google 17 October 1961.  They won independence in 1962.

    One reason, (none / 0) (#3)
    by lentinel on Sun Nov 15, 2015 at 07:45:39 AM EST
    I think, is that Mr. Hollande, their president, has put himself front and center as a member of the US "coalition".

    He is a very weak leader - elected to stimulate a sagging economy - failing at it - and taking the well-trodden road taken by Bush, Blair and so many others - to provoke a foreign adventure in order to look tough and deflect criticism.

    Instead, he has endangered his country.

    When France was at war with Algeria, there were terrist attacks in Paris.

    And when they withdrew  and left Algeria to become independent, the terrism stopped.

    Is there a lesson to be learned from that?
    Something about colonialism perhaps?


    True, but a more difficult truth... (none / 0) (#4)
    by Dadler on Sun Nov 15, 2015 at 10:17:29 AM EST
    ...that I can't escape is that the grotesque and wall-to-wall global proliferation of murderous weaponry has, in effect, rendered all good people and good arguments nothing but steaming piles of mush ultimately. Bleak and depressing, but true. As soon as we in the west also realize this steaming mush is all we are ultimately too, then we'll hit the streets and make a change. Until then...sound, fury, nothing.

    We have the capacity to die. Isn't that what MLK once said was our ultimate power?


    Yes there is a lesson (none / 0) (#22)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Nov 17, 2015 at 10:51:40 AM EST
    And when they withdrew  and left Algeria to become independent, the terrism stopped.

    Is there a lesson to be learned from that?
    Something about colonialism perhaps?

    Let's review the current situation by seeing what the founder of al Qaeda said to Peter Arnett, then with CNN, in this March 97 interview.

    REPORTER: Mr. Bin Ladin, will the end of the United States' presence in Saudi Arabia, their withdrawal, will that end your call for jihad against the United States and against the US ?

    BIN LADIN:.... So, the driving-away jihad against the US does not stop with its withdrawal from the Arabian peninsula, but rather it must desist from aggressive intervention against Muslims in the whole world.

    The lesson is that the playing field is now the "whole world" and that we must allow Muslims to do as they want. If not then radical islamists will attack while falsely claiming they represent Islam as a whole.


    All proselytizing monotheist (none / 0) (#23)
    by jondee on Tue Nov 17, 2015 at 11:02:59 AM EST
    religions take a "whole world" view..

    That part is really nothing new.

    Christian missionaries have been making a wrong-headed nuisance of themselves for decades in far-flung regions of the world -- including giving aid and comfort to brutal, repressive dictatorships in Latin America..


    Missionaries giving (none / 0) (#24)
    by MKS on Tue Nov 17, 2015 at 11:19:44 AM EST
    aid and comfort to brutal, repressive dictatorships in Latin America.

    Interesting.  Can you give more detail?


    The most striking instance that leaps (none / 0) (#25)
    by jondee on Tue Nov 17, 2015 at 11:42:06 AM EST
    to mind is Guatemala in the eighties.

    Pat Robertson's organization in cahoots with the Reagan administration, was up to it's elbows in the campaign to prop up the government of Rios Montt.


    Yes, I recall now (none / 0) (#26)
    by MKS on Tue Nov 17, 2015 at 01:58:00 PM EST
    The Full Gospel Businessman's Fellowship....

    evangelical fundamentalists (none / 0) (#27)
    by jondee on Tue Nov 17, 2015 at 02:20:25 PM EST
    don't place much stock in the social gospel..

    As the IWW used to say, it's pie in the sky when you die..

    Honduras is another country in which the evangelicals started pouring into the country to profer "salvation" to people suffering under a repressive regime.


    I personally (none / 0) (#29)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Nov 17, 2015 at 05:02:36 PM EST
    as a Christian find that kind of stuff extremely offensive. First of all because they act like Catholicism is not Christianity. They always feel that their brand of Christianity is the only way. Evangelicals are directly responsible for a lot of the decline in Christianity. It's all about themselves for them. You can be selfish and hateful and feel holy about being that way.

    Well Except Jim's 20 Year Old Quote... (none / 0) (#28)
    by ScottW714 on Tue Nov 17, 2015 at 02:22:56 PM EST
    ...specifically says:
    but rather it must desist from aggressive intervention against Muslims in the whole world.

    Jim is interpreting that to mean Muslims want to free to do anything they want, even though it clearly does not say that.

    I think a normal, rational, person would read that to mean that if we keep our nose out of their business, no problem.

    The problem of course is that it is not 1997, and the world, especially in regards to extremists is not in any way the same today, and that we, in no way, are capable of letting Muslims be.

    IMO had we taken those words to heart and kept out of Muslim business, 9/11, Iraq, ISIS, would not even be events/people we would be discussing today because they simply would not exist.

    Now, in 2015, we have ensured that maniacs are at the helm who no longer want to discuss other countries minding their own business, they want to light the world on fire, and it that means they die, Muslims die, and the whole lot of us die, then so be it.


    They do not hate all of France (none / 0) (#6)
    by Redbrow on Sun Nov 15, 2015 at 06:28:48 PM EST
    Jusr the "kufr" as specified muliple times in their declarations of war.

    They feel obligated to persecute, terrorize and murder all non-believers as dictated in the Quran and other muslim dogma, and practiced non-stop since Islam's inception.

    They have already invaded and inflitrated France, as also stated, so they have a larger base of operation there.

    It will definitely spread to other countries as well thanks to unchecked miass migration.


    They have already invaded and inflitrated France (none / 0) (#7)
    by TrevorBolder on Sun Nov 15, 2015 at 06:36:03 PM EST
    They have made this claim before

    The Syrian operative claimed more than 4,000 covert ISIS gunmen had been smuggled into western nations - hidden amongst innocent refugees.

    The ISIS smuggler, who is in his thirties and is described as having a trimmed jet-black beard, revealed the ongoing clandestine operation is a complete success.

    "Just wait," he smiled.

    The Islamic State operative spoke exclusively to BuzzFeed on the condition of anonymity and is believed to be the first to confirm plans to infiltrate western countries.



    Let's (none / 0) (#9)
    by FlJoe on Mon Nov 16, 2015 at 05:51:37 AM EST
    not forget that France occupied Syria for decades and  it wasn't always benevolent  
    In an effort to stop the movement toward independence, French troops occupied the Syrian parliament in May 1945 and cut off Damascus's electricity. Training their guns on Damascus's old city, the French killed 400 Syrians and destroyed hundreds of homes.

    Everyone is always at choice (5.00 / 2) (#12)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Nov 16, 2015 at 11:50:07 AM EST
    If Southerners have no excuse to run around with that racist disgusting flag anything that happened in 1945 should never have the power to murder innocent people. Who was even alive who was involved? It is all taught hate. You teach the babies in the cradle to hate.

    ISIS Has Help Desk for Terrorists (none / 0) (#15)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Nov 16, 2015 at 03:44:49 PM EST
    Counterterrorism analysts affiliated with the U.S. Army tell NBC News that the ISIS help desk, manned by a half-dozen senior operatives around the clock, was established with the express purpose of helping would-be jihadists use encryption and other secure communications in order to evade detection by law enforcement and intelligence authorities.

    Brantly described the Jihadi Help Desk as "a fairly large, robust community" that is anchored by at least five or six core members who are technical experts with at least collegiate or masters level training in information technology. There are layers of other associates, living all around the world, who allow the service to operate -- and respond to questions -- at any time of the day or night. CTC researchers have spent a year or so monitoring the help desk -- and its senior operatives -- via online forums, social media and other means.


    That is brilliant, a hot line for terrorist, and it shows a level of sophistication that seems to surpass our monitoring abilities.

    OMG Jeralyn, I didn't see this until now (none / 0) (#30)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Nov 24, 2015 at 09:28:11 AM EST
    So what? So Fricken what? They've threatened the whole world by video at least 4 different times. So GD what?