ISIS sets Istanbul as target, calls on Turks to join them

ISIS militant calls on Turks to join them in conquering Istanbul

ISIS commander and two militans that appeared in the recently aired footage

An ISIS militant from Turkey who reportedly joined ISIS last year, threatened the Turkish government and called on ISIS supporters to conquer Turkey’s metropolitan city of Istanbul, in a newly released video footage.

Harshly criticising the Turkish government and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, ISIS militant accused the government of comprimising with Western countries and the US-led coalition.

ISIS is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey.

ISIS militant who spoke in Turkish said, “You Turkish people, you must revolt against these non-believers that turned you into slaves to the Crusaders. You must fight against the friends of the Satan and there is no doubt the order constituted by Satan is a weak one.”

“Under the command of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, let’s conquer Istanbul which is being pushed to the hands of the Crusaders,” he said.

Turkey which faces the ISIS threat on its southern border, has been intensifying efforts to combat ISIS.  

Throughout the summer, Turkish police detained dozens of suspected people in raids, conducted across the country over suspicions of joining ISIS or providing support for the militant group.

Turkey’s efforts against ISIS have received praise from John Allen who is the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS.

TRTWorld and agencies