ISIS is bragging about the terrorist attack in Paris that left more than a dozen people dead, and warning that Britain and the United States are the next two countries in its sights.
The militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack on the Paris headquarters of the magazine Charlie Hebdo, one that left 12 people dead. Another individual connected to the attackers went on to kill a policewoman near Paris, with his wife serving as an accomplice.
Both the Charlie Hebdo attackers — identified as brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi — and the second attacker — identified as Amedy Coulibaly — later took hostages in two separate incidents. Police said four additional civilians were killed before police killed all three terrorist suspects.
In Iraq, cleric Abu Saad al-Ansari praised the attack.
“We started with the France operation for which we take responsibility,” he said in a sermon in Mosul, a city under the control of ISIS.
He added: “Tomorrow will be in Britain, America and others,” Fox News reported.
It is unclear if ISIS had anything to do with the attacks, however. The Kouachi brothers reportedly told witnesses that they were carrying out the attack in the name of al-Qaeda in Yemen.
Authorities in Yemen later confirmed that Said Kouachi actually fought for al-Qaida in Yemen during operations in the southern portion of the country. U.S. officials noted that Said Kouachi was in Yemen for several months in 2011 being trained by al-Qaeda.
Many see ISIS taking responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo attack as mere propaganda. Retired U.S. Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney told Fox News that he didn’t think ISIS actually had anything to do with the attack.
Whether ISIS participated in the terrorist attacks in France or not, intelligence experts believe terrorists are determined to strike within the United States and Britain. Andrew Parker, director general of Britain’s MI5 intelligence agency, warned that “mass casualty attacks against the West” are being planned by “a group of core al-Qaida terrorists in Syria.”