The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Sunday released video that purports to show those who carried out the Nov. 13 attacks in France committing atrocities in ISIL-controlled territory and plotting the Paris assaults, which left 130 people dead and hundreds injured.
The 17-minute video suggests the extent of the planning that went into the multiple attacks in Paris. The video, which was not verified by Al Jazeera, was provided online by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors websites of groups such as ISIL.
French authorities believe the coordinated attacks were planned abroad by ISIL.
Laith Alkhouri of Flashpoint Global Partners, which monitors the social media activity of ISIL and other armed groups, said, “The video meets all the right criteria of an authentic and official [ISIL] release.” The video was uploaded to ISIL’s official channel.
All nine men seen in the video died in the Paris attacks or their aftermath. Seven of the attackers (four from Belgium and three from France) spoke fluent French. The two others (identified by their noms de guerre as Iraqis) spoke in Arabic.
Seven of the attackers, including a 20-year-old, the youngest of the group, were recorded standing behind bound captives, described as "apostates," who were either beheaded or shot.
In the video, Samy Amimour, 28, who was raised in a Paris suburb near the French national stadium, says, "Soon on the Champs-Elysées," as he holds a captive's head aloft. He was charged in a terrorism investigation in 2012, dropped out of sight and was wanted on an international arrest warrant before the attacks, according to French authorities.
The attacks targeted the packed Bataclan concert hall, restaurants, bars and a soccer match at the national stadium.
French Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said the government is studying the video but would not comment on its contents. France's Interior Ministry and the Paris prosecutor's office had no immediate comment.
The video was recorded before the men returned to Europe and thus includes nothing from the days of terror that began Nov. 13 and ended on Nov. 18 with the death of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who was believed to be the leader of the attacks.
One attacker, Brahim Abdeslam, who appears in the video at a makeshift shooting range and whose brother Salah Abdeslam fled Paris on Nov. 13 and remains at large, blew himself up at a Paris cafe where he was the only victim. Salah Abdeslam is not seen in the video.
Al Jazeera with wire services