The terrorist group ISIS has promised to turn Russia’s football stadiums during the upcoming World Cup into battlefields, filling the “floor with blood.” .
Terrorist threats against the 2018 World Cup are being spread through Telegram accounts attributed to ISIS.
According to the Daily Mail, several threatening posters have been released, including photos of jihadists killing top soccer stars such as Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina’s Lionel Messi on a soccer field. These violent images have been captioned with a threat in English, claiming that “victory during the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be ours,” in addition to citing Islamic verses and displaying a broken World Cup emblem.
In addition to several photos of soccer players decapitated or tortured behind bars, the series also features masked terrorists armed with weapons, bombs and grenades at or near stadiums, including the Luzhniki Arena, where the World Cup final will take place.
This is not the first time that Messi – and Russia – have been threatened by ISIS.
Russia will host the World Cup for the first time in 2018 between June 14 and July 15. Moscow, Kaliningrad, St. Petersburg, Volgograd, Kazan, Samara, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi and Ekaterinburg will be host cities.
While these threats might be written off as habitual propaganda stunts, it should not be forgotten that ISIS – whose violent threats have not stopped Russia from annihilating it in Syria – has been noted on numerous occasions to be coordinating their actions in tandem with US operations. Indeed, the Russian foreign ministry’s very own spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, has strongly insinuated that recent tragedies suffered by Russians are linked to direct threats that Russians “will be coming home in body bags” and “feel real pain” issued by Washington on the highest diplomatic levels [WATCH BELOW].
Indeed, speaking on RT in February 2018 on the St. Petersburg terrorist attack, Fort Russ News Editor-in-Chief, Joaquin Flores, stressed that calls for Russia and the US to tighten counter-terrorism intelligence cooperation are dangerously misled. In Flores’ words: “Those security agencies dedicated to preventing attacks would be showing their hands to those security agencies involved in promoting and planning them…that leads us to a very difficult conundrum. Why would a country share information with such a country as the United States?…The US is directly financing this type of Wahhabi terrorism internationally.”
In the very least, the Western media’s hysteria campaign to sew fear and distrust around the upcoming World Cup, and ISIS’ terrorist propaganda seem to be in step.