WATCH: Islamic State presents its version of the apocalypse
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WATCH: Islamic State presents its version of the apocalypse

Video shows jihadist group’s fighters preparing to conquer Rome, destroy St. Peter’s Basilica

St. Peter's Basilica in Rome features in a new apocalyptic video produced by Islamic State. (screen capture)
St. Peter's Basilica in Rome features in a new apocalyptic video produced by Islamic State. (screen capture)

A new video by the Islamic State presents the jihadist group’s version of the apocalypse, with its fighters preparing to conquer Rome.

As is now the norm with the group’s videos, the clip is slick and professionally produced. It shows jihadists making final preparations for battle alternating with shots of “Rome” – a symbolic representation of the powerhouse of Christianity — in images of St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican and the ruins of the Roman Colosseum. Tanks supposed to be advancing to the Italian capital are seen flying IS flags as they leave tracks in the desert.

Curiously, the end of times-obsessed terror organization’s clip shows the apocalypse not as it is described in the writings of Islam, but rather more in keeping with western, Christian fantasies.

At one point, the video shows flags of some 60 countries with which Islamic State sees itself as being at war, among them Britain, France, Australia and the US. Other sections of the video depict fighters wearing suicide vests or marching toward Europe.

The video was released four weeks after the deadly Paris terror attacks in which 130 people were killed, and for which IS claimed responsibility. A more recent shooting in San Bernardino, California was carried out by a couple who had pledged allegiance to Islamic State but were not believed to be directly following a command from the group’s top echelon in Syria.

Islamic State fighters are seen marching through a desert in a December 2015 video that presents the jihadist group's version of the apocalypse (screen capture)
Islamic State fighters are seen marching through a desert in a December 2015 video that presents the jihadist group’s version of the apocalypse (screen capture)
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