Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), militants fighting in Syria have released a new video in which they threaten Russian President Vladimir Putin. Citing Putin’s support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his efforts to stamp out a militant Muslim revolt in Chechnya, the militants, standing atop captured Russian fighter jets, threatened to attack the Russian leader.
“This message is addressed to you, oh Vladimir Putin. These are your aircrafts which you sent to Bashar, and with the help of Allah we will send them back to you,” one Islamic State rebel says in the video, according to the Daily Mail.
The video, it is believed, was filmed at Tabqa airbase in eastern Syria. The base was overrun by Islamic State fighters in the last week of August. It housed many of the Russian-made jets that Putin gave to the Assad regime to fight off Syrian rebels in the country’s ongoing civil war.
The group is behind much of the recent fighting in those two countries. Their aim is to establish a Muslim caliphate across the countries’ northern regions and enforce strict Islamic law.
Their efforts to overtake the airbase and portions of the Syrian province of Raqqa last month have established them as a major force in the Middle East.
The Guardian reported at the time the base fell that, with the addition of portions of Raqqa, the group controlled an area of land slightly larger than the United Kingdom.
“The Islamic State is now the most capable military power in the Middle East outside Israel," an unnamed senior regional diplomat said. “They can determine outcomes in a few days that the Syrian rebels took two years to influence.”
Putin, who is currently embroiled in a conflict with Western European nations and the United States over Russian military action in Ukraine, is warned in the newly released video that NATO or any other Western coalition are not the things he needs to fear.
“Remember this. And with the permission of Allah we will liberate Chechnya and all the Caucasus,” one rebel warns. “The Islamic State exists and it will exist and it will expand with the help of Allah. Your throne is already shaking. It is in danger and it will collapse when we get to you. We are on the way with Allah's permission.”
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