“We will slit his throat,” says ISIS-linked Algerian terror group, in video threatening to behead French hostage unless France stops air strikes on Iraq

An Algerian group linked to Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists threatened to kill a French hostage unless France ends air strikes on ISIS in Iraq. ‘It is up to Hollande, president of the criminal French state, to halt the attacks within 24 hours of this statement, otherwise his national Herve Gourdel will have his throat slit,’ one kidnapper says in the video.

French tourist, Herve Pierre Gourdel sitting between two armed jihadists at an undisclosed location

French tourist, Herve Pierre Gourdel sitting between two armed jihadists at an undisclosed location

UK Daily Mail  Jund al-Khilifa (Soldiers of the Caliphate), which has pledged allegiance to ISIS, said in the video that it carried out Sunday’s kidnapping of the Frenchman in a mountainous region of eastern Algeria where Al-Qaeda is active.

The hostage, Herve Pierre Gourdel, 55, white-haired and bespectacled, is shown squatting on the ground flanked by two hooded men clutching Kalashnikov assault rifles, as he asks for French President Francois Hollande to intervene. Gourdel says he is a native of Nice in southern France who works as a mountain guide, and that he only arrived in Algeria on Saturday. He was seized while hiking with Algerian friends.

In the video, Gourdel says: ‘I am in the hands of Jund al-Khilifa, an Algerian armed group,’‘This armed group is asking me to ask you (President Hollande) to not intervene in Iraq.  ‘They are holding me as a hostage and I ask you Mr President to do everything to get me out of this bad situation and I thank you.’

The kidnappers say they are responding to a call from ISIS, posted just hours earlier, for Muslims to kill citizens of countries taking part in the U.S.-led coalition against the jihadists who have seized of large swathes of Iraq and Syria.

‘If you can kill a disbelieving American or European – especially the spiteful and filthy French – or an Australian, or a Canadian or any other disbeliever… including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him,’ said ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani. ‘Kill the disbeliever whether he is civilian or military,’ he said in the message, which was released in multiple languages.

France mounted its first air strike to beat back the ISIS in Iraq on Friday, joining an aerial assault which the United States launched on August 8.

Two Rafales, one C-135FR Tanker were involved in a 7-hour mission from Al Dhafra to Iraq (1,700 kilometers) to destroy an ISIS  target in northern Iraq on Sept. 19. Four GBU-12 LGB (Laser-Guided Bombs) were dropped by the two multi-role planes to hit a munition and fuel depot near the town of Zumar.

Two Rafales, one C-135FR Tanker were involved in a 7-hour mission from Al Dhafra to Iraq (1,700 kilometers) to destroy an ISIS target in northern Iraq on Sept. 19.
Four GBU-12 LGB (Laser-Guided Bombs) were dropped by the two multi-role planes to hit a munition and fuel depot near the town of Zumar.

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