Islamic State threatens New York City and claims 'soda can' bomb brought down Russian plane

Islamic State Leader Threatens New York

Islamic State Leader Threatens New York

The Islamic State has seemingly put up another video, this time targeting New York City.  I heard Wolf Blitzer report this on the radio on CNN today. The Islamic State has threatened New York City in the past as the image at the beginning of this post shows.  If they actually do it, the political impact of this could be enough to actually change what the voters in the State of New York may do in 2016.  It also might result in some policy changes out of Washington, D.C.

Notice also the following:

November 18, 2015

The Islamic State has released a new propaganda video celebrating the recent terror attacks in Paris and showing images of Times Square as fighters make vague threats against France and the U.S., which U.S. law enforcement officials said are not new. …

The NYPD also said it is aware of the video, which shows images of French-speaking and Arabic-speaking fighters, including a child, discussing the “successful” operation in Paris last week.http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Islamic-State-Propaganda-Video-New-York-US-France-UK-No-New-Threat-351533191.html

While elements of the video may not be new, tying it in with the Paris attacks is.

The Islamic State is certainly in the news a lot this week

Today, the Islamic State is claiming that it used a ‘soda can’ bomb like what is shown below to down the Russian plane over Egypt on October 31, 2015:

This undated image made available in the Islamic State’s English-language magazine Dabiq, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, claims to show the bomb that was used to blow up a Metrojet passenger plane bound for St. Petersburg, Russia, that crashed in Hassana, north Sinai, Egypt, killing all 224 people on board.

This undated image made available in the Islamic State’s English-language magazine Dabiq, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, claims to show the bomb that was used to blow up a Metrojet passenger plane bound for St. Petersburg, Russia, that crashed in Hassana, north Sinai, Egypt, killing all 224 people on board.

November 18, 2015

The Islamic State group has released a photo of what it claims is the bomb that took down a Russian jetliner over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula last month and says it targeted the plane because of Moscow’s aerial bombardment in Syria.  …

Dabiq also showed what appeared to be a detonator and a switch on a blue background and a photo of what it said were passports of Russians killed in the October 31 disaster and recovered from the wreckage in the Sinai desert.

The Islamic State said it had discovered a “way to compromise the security” at Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh airport to plant the bomb. The Russian newspaper Kommersant said authorities concluded the bomb was in the rear of the aircraft’s main cabin, near the tail section, not in the cargo hold as experts had first thought.  http://www.voanews.com/content/putin-sissi-agree-on-new-airline-security-measures/3063274.html

The Islamic State may well have reached a tipping point where Russia and the West will decide to more directly confront it militarily.

France and Russia have been bombing suspected Islamic State targets, and the USA has apparently provided at least the French with information on potential bombing targets.

But we may well see much more escalation and terror.

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