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Nation’s flag in IS group video for second time

IMPROVED COMMUNICATION:Counterterrorism forces have said they are to increase coalition talks and security following the release of a second apocalyptic threat video

Staff writer, with CNA

Taiwan is to improve communication with other nations to obtain the latest international counterterrorism information and is to increase security at its overseas representative offices, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Eleanor Wang (王珮玲) said yesterday, after the nation’s flag was shown for a second time in a video reportedly released by an extremist group.

Wang said the ministry was aware of a new video, claimed by the Islamic State (IS), which showed an image of the national flags of 60 nations, including Taiwan.

It is the second time in less than a month that the flag has been shown in an Islamic State video.

Wang said the ministry has asked its overseas representative offices to increase security and improve communication with host nations to obtain the latest counterterrorism information.

The ministry is also to update overseas travel information on the of the Bureau of Consular Affairs Web site as necessary, Wang said.

The new video depicts the Islamic State’s vision of the apocalypse, foreign media said.

It is titled Meeting at Dabiq, which refers to the location of a mythological final battle between Muslim and Crusader forces.

It also shows an Islamic State armored unit advancing toward the Roman Colosseum, in a reference to the imperial Roman Army of about 500 BC to 476 AD, reports said.

On Nov. 24, another video reportedly released by the Islamic State showed the flags of 60 nations, including Taiwan, which are part of an international coalition against the Islamic State group.

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