David Cameron says new execution video shows increasing desperation of militant group.
British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday described an Islamic State video apparently showing the execution of five British “spies” as “desperate stuff” designed to deflect from their recent military losses.
The group threatened Britain in the Internet video on Sunday, showing the killing of five people it said worked with the international coalition fighting I.S. in Iraq and Syria.
“It’s desperate stuff from an organization that really does do the most utterly despicable and ghastly acts and people can see that again today,” Cameron said during a visit to east London. “This is an organization that’s losing territory… increasingly losing anybody’s sympathy, and this again shows what an appalling organization we’re up against.”
In the footage, an English-speaking I.S. fighter mocks Cameron for challenging I.S., and calls him an “imbecile.”
“This is a message to David Cameron,” says one of the gunmen, speaking in a British accent. Britain’s Foreign Office issued a short statement saying: “We are aware of the video and are examining the content.”
The prime minister said I.S. was motivated by a hatred for Britain’s “tolerant, democratic, multi-faith” values and that the jihadists would not succeed in the long term. “Britain will never be cowed by this sort of terrorism. Our values are so much stronger than theirs,” he said. “It may take a very long time but they will be defeated.”
British warplanes, which were already attacking I.S. positions in Iraq, at the beginning of December began targeting the jihadists in Syria also.