In a statement posted online Monday, the Islamic group called on Muslims to kill citizens of all countries taking part in the US-led anti-jihadist coalition by any available means.
“If you can kill a disbelieving American or European — especially the spiteful and filthy French — or an Australian, or a Canadian or any other disbeliever… including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him,” said Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, the group’s spokesman.
“Kill the disbeliever whether he is civilian or military,” he said in the message, which was released in multiple languages.
The US and France are carrying out air strikes against IS targets across Iraq and seeking to build an international coalition against a group increasingly perceived as a global threat. The jihadist group, which has declared a “caliphate” straddling Iraq and Syria, controls swathes of territory in both countries.
IS has executed hundreds of Iraqis and Syrians, as well as foreign hostages, and its brutal campaign has forced more than a million people from their homes.
Adnani’s message — which was released in an Arabic audio recording and transcripts in other languages including English — gave instructions on how the killings could be carried out without military equipment, using rocks or knives, or by running people over.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned that any of its citizens “who fight with terrorist groups… will be arrested, prosecuted and jailed for a very long time.” Adnani praised militants in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, calling on them to “cut the throats” of those fighting for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and saying Tunisians should follow their example.
He criticised Yemen for allowing Shiite Huthi rebels to enter the capital Sanaa, asking: “Is there not in Yemen a person who will take revenge for us (on) the Huthis?”
He also mocked the US air campaign, saying that “the battle cannot be decided from the air”.
Addressing US President Barack Obama, Adnani said: “You claimed… that America would not be drawn to a war on the ground. No, it will be drawn and dragged. It will come down to the ground and it will be led to its death, grave, and destruction.”