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Putin in threat to NUKE ISIS with submarine warheads if airstrikes fail to wipe out terror

RUSSIA’S Vladimir Putin has threatened to liquidate Islamic State jihadis with NUCLEAR WARHEADS if conventional bombing raids fail to destroy the terror group.

As the Kremlin announced its first ever strikes against the fanatical Islamist network – also known by its Arabic acronym Daesh – from a submarine, the Russian president warned that his military’s cruise missiles could be fitted with atomic weapons.

During a televised meeting with defence minister Sergey Shoigu, Putin said: “We must analyse everything happening on the battlefield, how the weapons operate.

“The Kalibrs [cruise missiles fired from the sea] and KH-101 [cruise missile fired from jets] have proved to be modern and highly effective, and now we know it for sure – precision weapons that can be equipped with both conventional and special warheads, which are nuclear.”

But he added that launching a nuclear strike on ISIS in their Iraqi and Syrian heartlands would only be used as a last resort.

He said: “Naturally, this is not necessary when fighting terrorists and, I hope, will never be needed.”

Russia unleashed another barrage of airstrikes against targets in Syria overnight, including the first launch of a new cruise missile from a Russian submarine in the Mediterranean Sea.

The Rostov-on-Don sub, described by Russia as the “quietest


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