Islamic State Militant in Vice Interview: We Won't Stop Until We Crucify Netanyahu

Vice News founder interviews person believed to be Canadian-born Abu Usamah Somali, said to have joined militant forces in Syria last April.

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An Islamic State militant vowed in a video interview with Vice News that the group will not stop fighting until they crucify Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"When we crucify Benjamin Netanyahu for his war crimes, maybe, maybe that's when we'll stop," the militant, purportedly the 21-year-old Somali-Canadian Abu Usamah Somali, told Vice News founder Shane Smith via a video link from Iraq.

Farah Shirdon, who now sports the nom de guerre Abu Usamah Somali, first came into the limelight in April when an Islamic State video of him surfaced supposedly burning his Canadian passport and pledging allegiance to the militant group.

According to Vice News, he is said to have been fighting with Islamic State in Iraq since July.

In the Vice News interview, Abu Usamah Somali said that Islamic State won't stop until they fly their flag over the White House.

"With God's help, we'll make some attacks in New York soon" he said in the video. "A lot of brothers there are mobilizing right now," he told Vice News. When asked what they are mobilizing for, he laughed and said: "Mobilizing for a brilliant attack, my friend.

Abu Usamah Somali also claimed the group is holding hostage an Emirati fighter pilot, supposedly after shooting down his plane when it flew over Iraq.

An interview with a man identifying himself as Somali was released by Vice Motherboard last June. It makes for an interesting read.

Screenshot of man believed to be Farah Sirdon, aka Usamah Abu Somali, in IS video picked up by Vice News.
A screengrab from Vice Motherboard, purportedly taken from Somali's now defunct Instagram account.

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