Today, ISIS named their newest enemy: Vladimir Putin. The terrorist organization has threatened to come after Russia’s leader for his close ties with Syrian leader Bashar Hafez al-Assad.
Standing atop a Russian-made fighter jet which ISIS had captured, two members of the Islamic State delivered the message. The footage was filmed in the Tabak area of the Syrian province of Rakka. It was aired on the Al-Arabiya TV channel.
An ISIS fighter threatened Putin:
“This message is addressed to you, oh Vladimir Putin. These are your aircraft which you sent to Bashar, and with the help of Allah we will send them back to you. Remember this. And with the permission of Allah we will liberate Chechnya and all the Caucasus. 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.”
The message was broadcast with Russian subtitles, so as to make no mistake about the intentions ISIS has for Putin and Russia.
ISIS has a deeply rooted hate for Vladimir Putin, as he crushed their fervent attempts to set up an Islamic state in Chechnya, and in other mainly Muslim regions of southern Russia such as Dagestan. While Obama and his cronies have criticized him over civil rights issues during his crackdown on the Islamic State in Russia, Putin vehemently maintained that the West has underestimated the threat of ISIS. At this point, to say he was right would be an understatement.
This cryptic message from the Islamic State puts Putin in a precarious position, as it places him in alignment with the West in the fight against ISIS, while at the same time, he is involved in the largest crisis with America and Europe since the Cold War.
How do you think Putin will respond to these threats from ISIS? One thing is for sure: he’s not going to pussyfoot around the way Obama has done. Give us your take on this situation in the comments section!