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On October 12 2014 the IS released the fourth issue of its English-language magazine Dabiq. The issue, which is titled "The Failed Crusade," features an IS flag waving triumphantly in front of Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome. The magazine contains several threats, and repeatedly quotes from IS spokesman Abu Muhammad Al' Adnani's September 21 video message (see MEMRI report "Responding to US-Led Campaign, IS Spokesman Calls to Kill Westerners, Including Civilians, By Any Means"). [i]
Excerpts from his video message include the following: "And so we promise you [O crusaders] by Allah's permission that this campaign will be your final campaign. It will be broken and defeated, just as all your previous campaigns were broken and defeated, except that this time we will raid you thereafter, and you will never raid us. We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women, by the permission of Allah, the Exalted," and "You will pay the price when your economies collapse. You will pay the price when your sons are sent to wage war against us, and they return to you as disabled, amputees, or inside coffins, or mentally ill. You will pay the price as you are afraid of travelling to any land. Rather you will pay the price as you walk on your streets, turning right, and left, fearing the Muslims. You will not feel secure even in your bedrooms."
Additional threats target nations who have participated in coalition strikes against the IS: " At this point of the crusade against the Islamic State, it is very important that attacks take place in every country that has entered into the alliance against the Islamic State, especially the US, UK, France, Australia, and Germany. Rather, the citizens of crusader nations should be targeted wherever they can be found."
Another threat says: "Every Muslim should get out of his house, find a crusader, and kill him. It is important that the killing becomes attributed to patrons of the Islamic State who have obeyed its leadership. This can easily be done with anonymity. Otherwise, crusader media makes such attacks appear to be random killings. Secrecy should be followed when planning and executing any attack. The smaller the numbers of those involved and the less the discussion beforehand, the more likely it will be carried out without problems. One should not complicate the attacks by involving other parties, purchasing complex materials, or communicating with weak-hearted individuals."