In a video recently released by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), Islamic radicals from Australia and Britain urge their fellow Muslims to join their struggle to turn a huge swath of the Middle East into a radical Sunni empire.
The well-produced, 13-minute Internet video is entitled “There Is No Life Without Jihad,” reports the Australian mega-news site News.com.au.
It shows five male extremists. They are ensconced in some rural location, apparently in Syria. They are brandishing guns. There’s a black al-Qaida flag in the background.
In English, they urge their fellow Muslims to “wake up and be part of the effort” and “respond to Allah,” according to the Daily Mail.
They also boast of their plans to occupy Iraq and other nearby nations.
Two of the men are Australian. They call themselves Abu Yahya al-Shami and Abu Nour al-Iraqi.
“We are a state who is implementing the sharia [Islamic law] in both Iraq and Sham [Syria], and look at the soldiers. We understand no borders,” one British militant explains in the video. He also discusses the group’s aim to invade Jordan eventually.
One of the extremists appearing in the video was a medical student in Cardiff, Wales before he slipped away to join ISIS along with his little brother.
The student, Nasser Muthana, is 20 years old. His little brother, Aseel, is 17.
In the video, the older brother is identified as Brother Abu Muthanna al Yemeni. He wears a turban.
Ahmed Muthana, the father of the pair, has angrily disowned his sons since they were recognized in the video.
The elder Muthana said his sons had been “brainwashed” by radical clerics at local mosques.
“They don’t represent me now and I don’t want to see them again,” he said, according to the Mail. “I would love to see them go to jail if they return to the U.K. alive, if they ever come back.”
Western intelligence agencies have estimated that up to 2,000 Muslims from European countries have linked up with radical Muslim rebel groups in the Middle East.
Up to 300 Australian nationals have joined ISIS or other, similar terror groups to fight the ongoing civil war in Syria, says News.com.au.
American Muslims have also made their way to the Middle East to become Islamist mercenaries. Last month, State Department officials verified that an American named Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha was part of a suicide bombing raid on Syrian government soldiers. The Florida native was with the al Nusrah Front, a branch of al-Qaida. The al Nusrah Front announced Abu-Salha’s death on Twitter. (RELATED: American Suicide Bomber Was A Creepy Cat Lover Who Liked Eggo Waffles)
Meanwhile, a small group of United States Marines is guarding the Baghdad International airport as ISIS jihadis take over much of the country and march on the Iraqi capital.