ISIS released a new graphic execution video of Shia “spies,” which unlike previous ones appears more targeted at a particular group than meant for worldwide propaganda purposes.
In the video, the four captives are first made to watch execution videos made by the Shi’ites of Sunnis and ISIS fighters being killed, including one who is burned over a pit. The four are then marched out to the location of their own soon-to-be executions.
ISIS guards next hang all of them upside down by chains attached to their wrists and ankles, and then light fire lines, which move across the desert floor ending immediately under the prisoners. The men struggle to break free from their chains, but are quickly engulfed by flames and burned alive, which is recorded in agonizing, slow motion footage.
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The Independent reports that ISIS entitled the video with a line from the Koran, “roughly translated as ‘Punish them with the same harm they have caused you,’ and experts said it came in direct response to videos showing similar atrocities circulated by Iraq’s Shia fighters.”
“Last week, a video circulated on social media showed the Shia militia leader Abu Azrael torturing and killing a Sunni fighter, accused of Isis allegiance,” according to The Independent.
“ISIS wants to show its most important military and ideological enemy, namely the [Shiite] militias, that none of their atrocities will go unpunished,” Dr. Andreas Krieg, an expert on the Middle East from King’s College’s Department of Defense Studies, told the news outlet.
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Breitbart reports that “ISIS has killed at least 3,156 people in Syria alone, including 1,841 civilians, since it declared the formation of its so-called ‘Caliphate’ 14 months ago on June 29, 2014, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which uses sources on the ground to monitor the Syrian conflict.”
h/t: The Right Scoop
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