The Syrian propaganda war is back in full roar after ISIS, a militant Syrian group cut off a purported thief’s hand off and live tweeted his amputation. That tweet in turn would be re tweeted by several Jihadi social media channels.
Interestingly the group responsible for this latest atrocity are the same group, Islamist State in Iraq and Syria, (ISIS) that were recently implicated in the hoax stoning of Fatoum Al-Jassem in recent weeks.
In their latest missive, ISIS would later tell that the alleged thief sought to be punished this way.
The Uk’s dailymail has since reported that it has not been possible to verify the accounts or the alleged thief’s purported statement. Since the initial images went live, all images and tweets have since been removed and the twitter account since suspended, presumably from twitter’s end.
In one of the photos, which were screen grabbed before being removed, a blindfolded man is shown being placed against a table with his right arm outstretched with a henchman looming over him with a sword. In the background is a swarming crowd, presumably that of Islamic militants.
A later photo shows the man with his hand severed, the limb resting on a blood soaked table.
Despite the appearances of new photos, no legitimate media entity has been able to affirm the authenticity of said images.
ISIS), is known to be a pro-Al Qaeda Jihadist group that many now fear is set to attain dominance within a variety of pockets within Syria.
The group was formed in April 2013 and grew out of Al Qaeda‘s affiliate organization in Iraq, but it was formally disowned by the central organization on February 3 for being too extreme.
One of its leaders, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been deemed Middle East’s most-wanted by the Iraqi interior ministry after a series of terrorist attacks which won him the moniker ‘The Ghost’.
Born from ISI (Islamic State in Iraq), it fought U.S. troops in the country before the end of the Iraq war in 2011.
It has since become one of the main Jihadist groups fighting government forces in Syria and is believed to be composed of foreign fighters.
Along with being at loggerheads with the incumbent President Bashar al-Assad, whom it hopes to remove from power, the group is also engaged in a violent struggle with rival Islamist rebels.The latest images may have served to reaffirm the group’s ferocity and unforgiving stance, something that ISIS may have chosen to reaffirm given the recent quagmire within Syria.
More than 2,000 people have been killed since Western-backed and Islamist groups attacked ISIS-occupied cities at the start of this year.