ISIS Clip Declares: "America Has Lost The Battle"
Tue, February 16, 2016
Screenshot from video.
A new Islamic State clip is circulating online trying to portray America as having lost in Syria and Iraq and threatening Saudi Arabia.
The clip is entitled: America Has Lost the Battle 400 Times.
“America and her allies have declared a military and media war against the Islamic State and her allies,” the narrator says. “America is losing the battle.”
The clip argues the United States tried and failed to use the Syrian uprising to fight the Islamic State. “We need to use ground forces against ISIS in Syria and the solution is using the opposition,” the video quotes former U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey as saying.
“The number of the opposition fighters is 5,000 but it’s not a final number. We had an estimation of 12,000- 15,000 needed to recapture the areas in eastern Syria.”
The clip then shows an official in the Free Syrian Army (FSA) saying “the FSA together with the National Coalition and allied friends have worked to clear Idlib and the western and eastern periphery of Haleb and in other areas and killed and captured hundreds of enemy fighters. The picture is clear.”
Although the video does not show or say the FSA was defeated, it goes on to argue “after America failed to use the Syrian uprising to fight the Islamic State came the turn of the cheap Saudi’s and whoever supports them.”
This is a reference to the recently publicized announcement of Saudi Arabia that it intends sending soldiers to fight the Islamic State.
The narrator states “(U.S. Secretary of State John) Kerry said ISIS cannot be defeated without Arab and Syrian ground forces.”
“According to the decision and the policy of Obama,” Kerry is shown as saying, “ISIS will be attacked and eliminated, but the purpose is not to become involved in the civil war in Syria or attack Assad.”
An American reporter is then quoted as saying “the barbarians are at the doorstep and they must be fought, but no-one supports sending ground forces to the area. America wants Turkey, Iraq and Saudi Arabia to help.”
“Saudi Arabia is willing to participate and use ground forces against ISIS within the coalition if there is agreement of the coalition states,” a Saudi general is shown saying. “The air strikes by themselves don’t help. We need to use the ground and air forces together.”
The film then concludes by threatening Saudi soldiers with violent deaths. “The fate of the Saudi soldiers will be as the fate of their crusader brothers,” while images of wounded U.S. veterans are shown.
“With the help of Allah all our explosive devices will fry the skin of the apostate Saudi soldiers as they did with your crusader masters. America has lost the battle in Iraq and also the uprising and the Shia have lost. Today it is the turn of the soldiers of the Arab tyrants. They are simply half-men. America once more will go down to her death. And after that we shall invade them with the help of Allah. America shall be defeated.”
The film lacks the professionalism and high-production values of other ISIS films and seems to have been produced outside of their primary film department. Yet it retains the central themes of ISIS propaganda, projecting an air of bravado, threatening the group’s enemies with their impending deaths and predicting America’s forthcoming defeat.
In January it was widely reported that ISIS lost over 40% of its territory in Iraq and 20% of territory in Syria since high points last year. This video may be an attempt to reassure supporters that such heavy losses are not indicative of the group’s long-term viability.