In a new video released Sunday, the Islamic State group threatened Russia and called on ISIS fighters to attack the country. The latest video surfaces as Russia and the United States are in talks to fortify military cooperation to fight ISIS and al Qaeda in Syria.
The nine-minute subtitled video, which was released on YouTube, shows a balaclava-masked man warning Russia President Vladimir Putin that ISIS fighters will kill Russians.
“Listen Putin, we will come to Russia and will kill you at your homes ... Oh Brothers, carry out jihad and kill and fight them,” the man said as he drove a car in the desert.
The video also showed armed men carrying out attacks on armored vehicles and tents and accumulating arms in the desert.
“Breaking into a barrack of the Rejectionist military on the international road south Akashat [Anbar province, Iraq],” one subtitle read.
According to Reuters, the video link was posted on a Telegram messaging account used by ISIS.
The militant group issued similar threats to Russia and Putin in the past. In March, ISIS’ division in the Northern Caucasus region of the country released a video showing the execution of an alleged Russian spy. The video also called on Muslims in Russia to “kill apostates” in the country and threatened to carry out an attack on Putin.
In that video, the group’s militants in Chechen — commonly referred to as Chechnya — reportedly urged Russian Muslims to team up with ISIS’ fight against the West. The militants also claimed in the video that “the Caliphate is already here.”
The latest warning by ISIS to Russia comes after the group claimed responsibility for a spate of attacks in Europe. Last Sunday, two men stormed into a French church and killed Catholic priest the Rev. Jacques Hamel by slitting his throat. The men were later shot dead by police. Prior to this, a truck driver mowed down a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the French resort city of Nice and claimed lives of 84 people.
Last Monday, a Syrian man, who was denied asylum in Germany, carried out a suicide bombing in Ansbach, Bavaria. The attack, which injured 15 people, followed three other recent attacks in Germany. On July 18, an asylum seeker from Pakistan injured five people on a train after attacking them with an axe. On July 22, a German teenager shot and killed nine people at a shopping mall in Munich.