In a new video purportedly released by the Islamic State titled “Defend Your State,” ISIS militants show alleged airstrikes carried out by Russia, Syria, and the US coalition while celebrating the Nice terror attack and Aaron Driver. Aaron Driver, 24, was an Islamic State supporter in Canada, who was killed in a confrontation with police earlier this month in Strathroy, Ontario. Prior to his death, he released an ISIS allegiance video. Watch that video here.
Driver was killed while in the midst of planning an immediate attack with a homemade bomb. He was killed in a standoff with police after detonating a bomb in a taxi during rush hour. According to CBC News, “RCMP said Driver died in an altercation with police but it was unclear whether his death was a result of the explosive or from police fire.” BBC News reports that Driver had a second homemade explosive device on him at the time. Police said his target was an “urban center,” but did not specify.
The video also touches on the July 14, Bastille Day terrorist attack in Nice, France, carried out by Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel. Police identified Bouhlel as responsible for murdering up to 84 people by ramming into them with a truck and shooting at them at a Bastille Day celebration.
The new video comes from “Wilayat Al Khayr,” in ISIS-occupied eastern Syria. It comes after the image of 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh made international news.
The photo has become an iconic image of war. The New York Times says the startling image of the little boy, who stares at the camera as he sits in a chair, has become a “symbol of Aleppo’s suffering.”
NBC calls him the “boy in the ambulance” and says he captures the “horror” in Syria.
In the video, ISIS shows footage of the aftermath of alleged airstrikes in the Deir ez-Zor region. They interviews residents in the area, many with children that have been hurt in the violence. They then state that recent violence in the West, particularly in France and Canada, is retaliation for the violence in Syria committed by Western countries.