A senior US Army officer has warned saying: British jihadis heading to the Middle East to join Islamic State terrorists ‘will be killed’. Colonel Steve Warren delivered the stark message as he flew into Britain to announce IS is finally being beaten by the American-led coalition.
The Baghdad-based US Army officer admitted Europe could face more Paris-style terror attacks as IS loses the war in Iraq and Syria. But Col. Warren said: “My message to Brit jihadis is, ‘If you go to Iraq or Syria you will be killed, either by your partners there in things like the executions that happen regularly, by ground forces, or you may be killed by the coalition.
He said many IS figures were slaughtered after British-born murderer Mohammed Emwazi - also known as Jihadi John - was killed by coalition forces in November. Col. Warren said Emwazi’s death in an American bomb strike caused IS to turn in on itself and execute many of its own recruits.
He said: “When we killed Jihadi John we saw an immediate frenzy of activity. They rounded up their own fighters, there was a spike in executions and an adjustment to their communications.“These strikes see fear and paranoia inside the organisation.”
More than 100 Iraqi IS leaders have been killed since the summer - an average of one every two days, Col Warren claimed. And referring to Islamic State’s glamorous recruitment videos he added: “The caliphate is not all unicorns and rainbows - because you will be killed.”
Their financial infrastructure of robbed oil money has been crippled, halving jihadi’s salaries from £300 a month to £150. Col Warren said IS is ‘beginning to crack’ but added the war will ‘take years’, even though the terrorists are having to rely on conscripted troops and child soldiers.
And he told how IS is using horrific tactics - forcing children into battle and booby-trapping copies of the Koran as it retreats. Col Warren said: “These guys are disgusting, they have left bombs in refrigerators, they have put bombs in toilets, they have put bombs inside the holy Koran - we found that on several occasions in Ramadi, in Iraq.”
Using the Arabic word for ISIS, Col Warren said: “ Daesh is now beginning to lose but as we squeeze them. “We are going to see them look for other avenues. What I do know is that we have assessed that as we continue to squeeze this enemy they are going to want to show the world that they are still viable.
“One of the ways they can do that is through a high-visibility attack outside of their so-called caliphate borders.”He said an attack like the one in Paris, when 130 people were killed in co-ordinated attacks across the city, is not a sign of strength.
“We view it as a sign that because of the pressure that has been placed on them, because they are beginning to stumble a little bit, they are trying to either distract or prove that they are not finished yet.”