Islamic State Parade in Raqqa
Islamic State Parade in Raqqa
Funeral Held of Ukrainian Separatist Commander Killed in Car Attack
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Militants of the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS/ISIL), held a parade in the Syrian city of Raqqa on June 30. The parade, a show of strength in the city which is considered their centre of operations in northern Syria, came after the group declared a “caliphate” in the territories they hold in Syria and Iraq. These videos, from a prominent local activist, show the parade taking place.This video was posted by the Islamic State in Raqqa, and the parade included tanks, a missile and Iraqi military HMMWVs. Credit: YouTube/ولاية الرقة (Islamic State in Raqqa)
The funeral of Alexei Mozgovoi, a Ukrainian separatist commander, took place in Alchevsk in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, May 27. Mozgovoi had been critical of the Russian-backed separatist leadership. He was killed in an attack on his car on May 23. Reports said it was <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-32861947" target="_blank">unclear</a> who coordinated the attack. The separatist leadership in Luhansk <a href="http://www.rferl.org/media/video/ukraine-separatist-funeral-mozgovoi/27040918.html" target="_blank">blamed</a> Kiev, RFE said. Credit: Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
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Footage showing IS militants touring Palmyra military prison was released on May 28, approximately a week after the historic Syrian city, home to a UNESCO World Heritage site, <a href="http://newswire.storyful.com/storylines/*/stories/100786">was seized by</a> the militant group, amid <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/28/us-mideast-crisis-syria-idUSKBN0OD0YU20150528" target="_blank">reports</a> of dozens of killings. The facility, also known as Tadmur prison, was used by the Assad government to detain political prisoners.Footage posted by the pro-IS media agency al-Amaq News shows the militants touring the facility, which has various pro-Assad graffiti. At 3.02 footage shows graffiti inside a cell reading “Syria for Assad”. The Islamic State Mandate of Homs on May 28 <a href="http://newswire.storyful.com/storylines/*/stories/100926?referred_from=World%20News">also released a photo set</a> from inside the prison. Credit: Amaq News
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