The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham wants to “blow up your White House, Big Ben, and the Eiffel Tower,” its official spokesman said in an audio message Thursday that claimed the ultraviolent extremist group had expanded its reach into West Africa.
In his first speech in two months, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani accepted a pledge of allegiance from the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram and listed the cities “we want,” from Paris and Rome to Jerusalem and Kabul.
The 28-minute Arabic-language audio, translated by the SITE Intelligence Group, appeared to be an attempt to rally ISIS fighters and intimidate international audiences amid setbacks in Iraq.
Al-Adnani was also capitalizing on the recent decision of Boko Haram, notorious for its indiscriminate bombings and kidnappings of girls, to align itself with ISIS. He called it “a new door opened by Allah” and directed jihadists to West Africa.
“All Muslims, you should all come to your State, for we are calling on you to mobilize for jihad. We incite you and call upon you to immigrate for jihad and to immigrate to your brothers in West Africa,” the terrorist leader said.