We cannot bargain with Isis - expert

  • 18/11/2015
Islamic State (3 News)
Islamic State (3 News)

Islamic State has issued a threat on Washington DC, Princeton University’s director of The Institute For Transregional Studies, Bernard Haykel joined Paul Henry to discuss it.

Mr Haykel doesn’t believe the threat should be taken seriously because the video quality is not as high as usual.

“Isis is constantly making threats against the west so I’m not sure I would give any credence to this one. The worry is always about lone wolf attacks.”

Mr Haykel says IS should not be bargained with.

“I don’t see why we should treat them as equals when they are not. Their terms are the unconditional surrender of the west. They think that God is on their side.”

The video threat, which appeared on a website used by Islamic State to post its messages, begins with news footage of the aftermath of the Paris attacks.

The message aimed at countries involved in bombing strikes on Syria delivered by a man dressed in fatigues and a turban, and identified in subtitles as Al Ghareeb the Algerian.

"We say to the states that take part in the crusader campaign that, by God, you will have a day, God willing, like France's and by God, as we struck France in the center of its abode in Paris, then we swear that we will strike America at its center in Washington," the man said.