ISIS calls for jihad against Russia

An Islamic State fighter. File photo

DAMASCUS – The Islamic State (ISIS) radical group on Sunday called on its members to carry out jihad in Russia.

“Listen Putin, we will come to Russia and will kill you at your homes … Oh Brothers, carry out jihad and kill and fight them,” a voice said over footage of men training in the desert.

The ISIS leadership delivered its message in a nine-minute YouTube video released on Sunday.

It was not immediately possible to independently verify the video but the link to the footage was published on a Telegram messaging account used by the jihadi group.

Noteworthy, this is not the first time that the Islamic State group calls for jihad against Russia.

In late 2015, ISIS called on Muslims to launch a “holy war” against Russians and Americans over what it called their “crusaders’ war” in the Middle East, an audio message distributed by supporters of the ultra-hardline group said.

The United States and Russia are carrying out separate airstrike campaigns in Syria, which they say are targeting ISIS.


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