IS urges jihad on Russia, US as Syria strikes intensify

Syrians hold up portraits of President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian counterpart Valdimir Putin near the Russian embassy in Damascus, just before two rockets struck the embassy compound on October 13, 2015The Islamic State group called on Muslims to wage jihad on Russia and the United States, as Moscow announced it had intensified its air campaign against Islamic militants in Syria. The call came as Russian President Vladimir Putin criticised Washington for refusing to cooperate with Moscow in its Syrian campaign, which is having an increasingly dramatic effect. “Russia will be defeated,” IS spokesman Abu Mohamed al-Adnani said in a recording posted online, calling on “Muslims everywhere to launch jihad against the Russians and the Americans”, who it said were waging “a crusader war against Muslims”.

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