Fighters of al-Qaeda linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant carry their weapons during a parade at the Syrian town of Tel Abyad, near the border with Turkey Jan. 2, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
The Islamic State group called on supporters to kill citizens of countries taking part in the US-led anti-jihadist coalition by any available means, in a statement posted online on Monday.
"If you can kill a disbelieving American or European -- especially the spiteful and filthy French -- or an Australian, or a Canadian... including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him," said Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, the group's spokesman, in a message released in multiple languages.
The United States and France are carrying out air strikes against IS targets across Iraq and are seeking to build an international coalition against a group increasingly perceived as a global threat.
The jihadists, who have declared a "caliphate" straddling Iraq and Syria, control swathes of territory in both countries.