Jihadist members of the militant group have published Photographs of what appeared to be a Scud missile being paraded on the back on a truck surrounded by masked men in the Syrian city of Raqqa – the alleged capital of the proclaimed “Muslim caliphate.”
It’s not clear whether the weapon is operable and whether it poses a threat.
The leader of the militant group has called on Muslims worldwide to take up arms and flock to the ‘caliphate’ it has declared on captured Syrian and Iraqi soil.
Proclaiming a “new era” in which Muslims will ultimately triumph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi issued the call to jihad – holy war – in an audio message lasting nearly 20 minutes that was posted online on Tuesday.
Baghdadi, who has assumed the medieval title of caliph, used the message to seek to assert authority over Muslims everywhere.
He called on them to rise up and avenge the alleged wrongs committed against their religion, from Central African Republic to Myanmar (Burma).