Islamic State is preparing to take over a major grocery store in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, but the Islamic fighters aren’t ready to take control yet.
The Islamic State, also known as ISIS, is the terrorist group’s most prominent branch and is in control of the majority of territory in Iraq and Syria.
It has captured Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq, and the second largest city in Syria, which is now under its control.
In a video posted on social media on Thursday, the Islamic militants announced that it has been ordered to “open a major supermarket and make the food available to the people of the city” by “opening the doors to the market.”
“If the Islamic state is in the process of taking over the market, the people will be able to freely exchange the goods in their hands and will have access to them,” the Islamic statement said.
“And if the people in the city resist, the city will be liberated and will be free to enter any city in the world,” it added.
ISIS also announced that the group will launch an offensive on Friday to “liberate” the nearby Iraqi border town of Hawija.
The U.S.-led coalition against ISIS is now pushing for the Iraqi government to take full control of Hawijiya, which lies on the western bank of the Tigris River.
The U.N. says it is holding a conference on Thursday to discuss how to move forward.
Iraqi officials have not commented on the Islamic group’s announcement.
Meanwhile, in Turkey, a number of people were arrested on Thursday in the Kurdish region of Syria over what Ankara says is a plot to launch a terrorist attack on a Turkish airport.
The suspected plot, which involves a plan to launch an explosive device on an aircraft, has not been confirmed, Turkish officials said.
The plot is said to have been foiled by the police.