Islamic State Responds to Obama With Hollywood-style Video

Terrorist group's media wing uploads preview of what would happen to U.S. troops in Iraq, even though Obama does not plan to put boots on the ground.

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The Islamic State issued a video in response to President Obama's vow to "degrade and ultimately destroy it," displaying a preview that it would kill American ground forces even though he ruled out putting boots on the ground, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

The 52-second clip produced by the Al Hayat Media Center, the Islamic State's media wing, boasts high-quality images and filming techniques. It shows tanks blowing up in slow motion, injured American soldiers and explosions superimposed over images of U.S. military figures.

The video also features shots of President George W. Bush's "Mission Accomplished" banner, President Obama and the White House and militants about to carry out executions.

The feel of a Hollywood trailer is completed with the title "Flames of War: Fighting Has Just Begun," followed by the announcement "Coming soon."

Al Hayat recently produced the three videos portraying IS militants beheading Westerners. The propaganda wing has also produced professional recruitment videos, music videos, violent action flicks and infomercials, according to various media.

A man firing a RPG in this still image taken from an undated recruitment video for the Islamic State shot at an unknown location and uploaded to a social media website June 19, 2014. Credit: Reuters

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