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Taiwan on alert after its flag appears again in IS video

Taiwan on alert after its flag appears again in IS video

Taiwan will strengthen communication with other countries to obtain the latest anti-terrorism information from around the world and will step up security at its overseas representative offices, a foreign affairs spokeswoman said Saturday, after the country's flag showed up for the second time in a video purportedly released by an extremist group.

Eleanor Wang said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was aware of a new propaganda video claimed by the Islamic State, which showed an image of the national flags of 60 countries, including Taiwan.

It was the second time in less than a month that the image appeared in a video said to be from the extremist militant group.

Wang said the foreign ministry has asked its overseas representative offices to tighten security and step up communication with the respective countries in which they are located, to obtain the latest anti-terrorism updates.

The foreign ministry will also update the overseas travel information on the website of the Bureau of Consular Affairs as necessary, Wang said. The new video depicts the IS' apocalyptic vision of the end of the world, foreign media reported. It is titled "Meeting at Dabiq," which refers to the location of the final battle between the "Crusaders" and the "Believers."

It also shows an IS "armored unit" advancing towards the Colosseum, in a reference to the "armies of Rome," the reports said.

On Nov. 24, another propaganda video, reportedly released by the Islamic State, showed the flags of 60 countries, including Taiwan, which make up a global coalition against IS. (By Tang Pei-chun and Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-27 23:52 GMT+08:00