ISIS militants are in possession of a massive long-distance ballistic missile, supporters of the jihadist group have claimed.

Photographs show a large weapon being paraded on the back on a lorry surrounded by masked men in the Syrian city of Raqqa – the proclaimed capital of the new Sunni Muslim caliphate.

Supporters of the group – which changed its name to the Islamic State upon declaring the establishment of a caliphate on Sunday – said the missile was a Scud, although experts analysing the images believe the weapon is almost certainly inoperable and highly unlikely to pose a threat.

The weapon pictured being paraded by ISIS militants in Raqqa is believed to have been captured from another rebel group, the Free Syrian Army.

The FSA are understood to have acquired the Soviet-built missile when it captured a military base from government forces in the Deir ez-Zor region of Syria last September.

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