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Islamic State Threatens 9/11 Repeat in New Agitprop Film

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The Islamic State has released another propaganda video, this one explicitly threatening another 9/11 attack on US home soil.

The 11 minute long film is entitled “We Will Burn America.” It lacks the editorial sophistication of some of the Islamic State’s previous films and there are also minor grammatical errors in the English subtitles that accompany the film.

Among other things, the ‘Al-Hayat Media Center’ opening graphic, which has opened previous Islamic State films, was conspicuous by its absence – although the classical Islamic opening “in the name of God, the most compassionate, the most merciful” was still used.

Much of the film relies on b-roll footage of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, which killed nearly 3,000 people in 2001. It is fleshed out with footage from their previous films and some new content.

This suggests that the film production capabilities of the Islamic State have been degraded since previous productions, in particular their feature length film ‘Flames of War’ and the less military-oriented propaganda films attempting to portray their youth indoctrination camps as a positive environment for young Muslim children.

The film was distributed with a twitter campaign using #WeWillBurnUSAgain and #We_Will_Burn_America, alongside pictures showing the imagined destruction.

At the same time as threatening jihad abroad, the Islamic State has continued it’s ‘statebuilding’ activities in Iraq and Syria.

The movement of ‘Raqqa being Slaughtered Silently’ which documents the crime of ISIS inRaqqa revealed on Monday pictures of a group of cages that looks like animal cages in the zoo. ISIS has put them in the streets of the city to put law violators such as smokers or people who come late to prayer as a punishment.

Full clip of 'We Will Burn America':

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David Harris

David Harris is the editor in chief of Clarion Project.