Pro-ISIS Clip Threatens Attack On World Cup, Shows Drone, Explosions At Russia's Sochi Stadium

June 13, 2018

On June 13, 2018, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet released a short video threatening attacks on the 2018 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament in Russia. The ten-minute video was distributed on pro-ISIS channels and chat groups on Telegram. It consists mostly of a compilation of combat footage from ISIS videos documenting battles in Mosul, Iraq, with a segment from a 2016 video, released by the organization's Caucasus branch, in which operatives issue threats to Russia. The final scene in the video is an animated clip of a drone with an ISIS logo surveilling the Olympic village in Sochi and the stadium where the World Cup games are to be held, followed by animated explosions.

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