Published time: 14 Oct, 2015 02:52
Russia has hit “most” of Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL]’s targets, including ammunition and vehicles as it continues anti-terror airstrikes.
Calling on “Islamic youth everywhere, ignite jihad against the Russians and the Americans in their crusaders’ war against Muslims,” ISIS spokesperson Abu Mohamed al-Adnani said in a 40-minute-long audio message posted online.
The recording did not contain specific direct threats towards either Russia or the US but did threaten that attacks on Western targets are likely to grow.
Claiming that today’s ISIS is “stronger than ever,” Adnani went on to say that “Russia will be defeated,” adding that the US was trying “to forge an alliance with the devil,” according to Reuters.
The video emerged the day after the head of the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front, Abu Mohamad al-Golani, urged “all fractions” to “escalate the battle” and hit strongholds of the Alawite sect to which President Bashar Assad belongs.
IS’ call for a ‘holy war’ comes amid attempts by Russia and the US to find an agreement on how to cooperate in order to defeat Islamic State in Syria.
Russia began its air bombings in collaboration with Syria on September 30min an effort to destroy jihadist forces in the country and to curb terrorism from spreading towards its own borders.
Islamic State militants have lost “most” of their ammunition, heavy vehicles and equipment in Russian airstrikes, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday, as Moscow continues to destroy terrorists in Syria. At least 86 ISIS targets were hit during 88 sorties.
“What we are trying to achieve is to contribute to the fight against terrorism, which is a threat to both the United States to Russia to European countries and the whole world,” Russian President, Vladimir Putin said Tuesday at an investment conference.
Moscow has repeatedly voiced concerns about ISIS speeding to Russia. On Monday the Federal Security Service detained several people in Moscow on suspicion of planning a terror attack in the Russian capital. A day earlier a group of people who were plotting a terrorist attack in Moscow were detained by Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee.