On Sunday, Aug 24, 2014, the Islamic State took control of a major airbase in Ar-Raqqah, Syria. The fighting killed more than 500 people in five days on either sides. The airbase has number of helicopters, ammunition, tanks, artillery and warplanes. After three previous failed attempts, the Islamic State fighters succeeded this time in capturing.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) released numbers showed that 346 fighters of Islamic State and 170 forces of Syrian government died since Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014. The Islamic State fighters cut few Syrian soldiers head and held others captive. More fighters died, even then they took control of the airbase.
The Islamic State planned to take control of military aircraft's and maybe launch airstrikes on Kurdish fighter or on Iraq military or on anyone but it didn't went that way. The warplanes in Al-Tabqa airbase were shifted to other place by Syrian military before the Islamic State fighters took over the base completely. Even though the fighters didn't get what they wanted, gaining the control of airbase could be a relief with recent losses suffered in Iraq including Mosul dam lose.
In the Islamic State controlled area near Ar-Raqqah city, many Mosques announced this news to the locals and few fighters celebrated with gunfire.
The Islamic State took complete control of an airbase and they already have United States advanced weapons. They control big major cities, oil fields in both Iraq and Syria, not to forget about border crossings. You can see from all these the Islamic State is trying so hard to reshape Middle East.
Syria has large number of chemical weapons and as Syria is falling, the Islamic State can take control of such weapons. They just need chemical weapons and nuclear weapons to get ready for a higher form of war. With dangerous weapons in the hands of the Islamic State, I highly doubt there will be anyone who thinks they won't disturb peace in the Middle East.
On Monday, Aug 25, 2014, Walid Muallem, Syrian Foreign Minister warned the United States not to launch any airstrikes on the Islamic State fighters present in Syrian territory without their permission. Launching strike will be considered as a violation of Syrian sovereignty. He also said the country is ready to support the regional countries and the international communities that are willing to fight the terrorism in the region. All this should happen with the involvement of Syrian government.
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Martin Schaefer, the spokesman to Germany Foreign Minister said from the start of the civil war, Syria involved in many injustful activities which cannot be ignored easily. He continued saying Germany will not involve in any fight with the Islamic State or support Syria in its fight.
Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister asked the western and Arab governments to help Syria in its fights against the Islamic State. He went on saying, the United States supported the ISIS when fighting Syria like they supported Mujahideen fighting Russia in 1980's. The ISIS created Islamic State like Mujahideen created Al-Qaeda. 9/11 happened because of the mistake United States made and is doing it again.