Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton claimed at the December 19 debate that Republican Donald Trump’s statements about Islam is being utilized to increase recruitment of combatants for the Islamic State. Various news organizations, as well as Trump himself, have not found statements attributed to the Republican candidate on videos uploaded to the net by ISIS.
 
However, since then an ISIS recruitment video has emerged that features a prominent American politician: former President Bill Clinton. Entitled “No Respite,” the video lays out the self-image of the terror organization that now rules huge swathes of Syria and Iraq. Produced by Al-Hayat media, the video has narration in English and has high production values. 
 
The narrator notes that the territory under ISIS control is larger than Britain and is eight times the size of Belgium. Referring to its territory as the Khilafah, the narrator says that it is a “…state built on a prophetic methodology, striving to fulfill the Koran and the sura (Ed. Not: post-Mohammed teachings), not secular state built on man-made laws whose soldiers fight for the interests of legislators, liars, fornicators, corporations, and for the freedoms of sodomites.” The video portion flashes over the images of presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and former UK prime minister Tony Blair. 
 
The video says that the mujahideen of the Islamic State will not bow to Western interests but represent the true values of Islamic holy war. It praised the destruction of the ancient city of Palmyra, as well as the erasing of the Sykes-Picot line, which was established in 1916 during the height of the First World War. The great powers, recognizing how vital petroleum had become, effectively divided the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire outside the Arabian Peninsula into areas of future British and French control, forming the modern borders of Syria and Iraq. It was negotiated by the French diplomat François Georges-Picot and Briton Sir Mark Sykes and has been ever since a source of regional tension.
 
The video asserts that the United States is reeling from its “defeats in Afghanistan and Iraq,” while its troops are suffering high rates of suicide and drug abuse. It stated that the United States is “too weak to put boots on the ground,” because of its “$6 trillion debt fighting the Muslims.”
 
Purportedly produced by ISIS, the video has been released in versions featuring the Turkish, Russian, and French languages, while taunting the West to “bring it on.” 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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