Late last month, Islamic State fighters captured Taqba Airbase after a bloody battle with Syrian government forces that left hundreds dead on both sides. The airbase was the last government stronghold in the northern part of the country.
After overrunning the base, Islamic State fighters made a YouTube video showing the mass execution of some 250 Syrian soldiers. The IS militants forced the captives march naked into the desert before killing them.
The Islamic State also released a video in which they show off one of the Russian military jets that they captured along with the airbase.
In the video, multiple IS militants threaten to punish Vladimir Putin and Russia for supplying jets, guns and other aid to Syrian President Bashr Al-Assad in an attempt to help him fight against the jihadist group (as well as other Syrian rebel groups).
The video begins with a masked militant standing on top of the jet saying,
“This message is for you, Vladimir Putin! These are the aircraft you sent to Bashar [Assad], and we’re going to send them to you. Remember that!”
The video then cuts to a close-up view of the cockpit of the jet. After panning over some of the controls, the cameraman (who the Moscow Times pointed out has a distinctly Russian accent) says, “This is Russian technology.”
In a subsequent shot, another one of the militants addresses Putin, saying,
“We will with the consent of Allah free Chechnya and all of the Caucasus! The Islamic State is here and will stay here, and it will spread with the grace of Allah!”
You can watch the video for yourself below:
In a piece of good news today, reports have come out that U.S. air-strikes have killed Abu Hajar Al-Sufi, a high-ranking Islamic State official who has been described as IS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s right hand man.
Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren would not officially confirm the reports, but did say that,
“If ISIS leaders were embedded inside troop formations they are likely to be killed.”
Read the original story from the International Business Times here.