ISIS continue to put out videos which demonstrate the militant Islamic group’s defiance of the international community and resolve to polarize sentiment and public opinion with the release of a new shocking video.
The latest video (see below) includes the harrowing scene of a Syrian prisoner being executed point blank with a pump action shotgun.
The prisoner is made to once again don the he same kind of orange jumpsuit worn by previous hostages before being beheaded, akin to last week’s savage video release of that of a Jordaniand fighter pilot being burned alive in a locked cage.
From there the prisoner, presumably a member of Bashar Al-Assad’s Syrian Arab Army is made to read a statement to the camera. He is then seen having his hands tied behind his back being marched to an area of scrubland behind a stone wall beneath a hill.
The prisoner’s torturer is then heard speaking in Arabic as they prepare to execute their victim whilst HD footage is then edited into slow motion where the militant is shown catching a shotgun thrown at him off camera before taking aim and blowing the prisoner away with a single shot to the back of the head.
In a surreal overload and as if the film makers imagined themselves making an artistic nominee award piece, the film then backs up, replaying once again in definitive aplomb the prisoner’s moment of impending death over and over. Soon after video footage cuts of to a pool of blood before settling on the nameless prisoner’s dead body.
In the film the unidentified killer wears the now familiar uniform of the Islamic State executioner – a black robe, a black balaclava to mask his identity and a brown leather gunbelt.
That said in a departure from the terror group’s notorious beheading videos, the latest execution notes the UK’s dailymail is carried out with a pump-action shotgun – a weapon often associated with back alley gangland killings.
The shotgun method of execution marks a departure from the now familiar beheadings witnessed in previous videos but the impact is no less graphic.
The most recent video execution, before the film of the ‘shotgun’ killing was released, was that of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh who was burned to death in a cage.
The release of the video, which may have been filmed some weeks ago, shocked the world and provoked a military response from the King of Jordan who launched a series of air strikes against the extremists’ strongholds in northern Syria.
ISIS terrorists have killed 2,000 people in Syria during the past six months, the majority of them civilians.
Over the past two months, ISIS has also executed 120 of its own members, most of them foreign fighters trying to return home, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
ISIS has taken vast parts of Iraq and Syria and last June declared a caliphate in the territory under its control. Since then it has fought the Syrian and Iraqi governments, other insurgent groups, and Kurdish forces whilst Western policy makers have come to face increasing scrutiny and criticism for their failure to reign in the group…