ISIS has threatened Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, in a new 20 minute propaganda video.
Although the video does not explicitly mention Australia, it does shows famous Melbourne landmarks, including Tullamarine Airport and St Paul’s Cathedral with an aerial view of the center of the city.
Deakin University counter terrorism professor Greg Barton believes the video is trying to inspire Australia-based jihadists.
“Putting Australian scenes in a propaganda video, someone in Melbourne, Sydney, will look at that and be tipped over the edge into trying to do something,” he told Seven News.
“Okay, here’s my town, they’re talking about me. Now’s my time to do something.”
Federal Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan, said the video will not change Australia’s terror warning level.
“I don’t think anything’s changed, we have been a specific target because we’re part of the western world and ISIL has essentially declared war on the whole civilised world,” he told the program.
“What this really shows is how desperate ISIL has become. Australia is at the forefront of the military effort to destroy ISIL, and we are being very effective.”