ISIS has once again shocked and galvanized with the release of its latest pr vessel, the video format, this time depicting the unfolding carnage of three Syrian soldiers being beaten and kicked by a mob to death before their bloody corpses are then driven unabashedly through the streets.
The unrelenting scenes are believed to have been filmed in the Islamic militant’s strangle hold de facto capital of Raqqa, with the video once again bearing ISIS signature production and editing feats.
The harrowing video is the latest in a string of violent videos over recent weeks (see above links) that have been released by design to curry fervor among supporters as well as outrage and fear in opponents which ISIS hopes to quash in its drive for what it deems strict unrelenting adherence to Islamic scripture.
The newly released video notes the UK’s dailymail begins by showing hundreds of baying supporters gathering in central Raqqa where a bearded cleric is seen reading out charges against three Syrian soldiers dressed in military fatigues.
In the background a throning crowd gathers to get a closer look, including clambering children on walls along with a large group of niqab-wearing women nearby.
The video then cuts back to three prisoners, seen now on their knees in the centre of a circle of the militants, who link arms to hold back the throng of young men intent on taking part in the impending triple murder.
The footage is edited to the din of the cleric’s relentless ranting to that of a baying crowd of young, T-shirt and baseball cap-wearing supporters who push and shove to get closer to the victims.
Seconds later the crowd is unleashed on the men, surging forward and raining down kicks, punches and beatings with whatever objects are close at hand. The mob can be seen a dozen rows deep clambering forward lethally propelling themselves against the three Syrian soldiers.
A capella religious singing and chanting – known as nasheeds – soundtracks the barbaric scene.
From there footage cuts to shots of their beaten and bloodied corpses being tied to the back of motorbikes dragged whilst cheering throngs and supporters following in a convoy honking horns.
The heavily armed men riding the motorbikes are seen grinning and raising their index fingers in the air in a sign of religious devotion completely at odds with the sight of a chained and bloodied corpse bouncing along the road behind their vehicles.
The latest footage comes as Syrian rebels captured another 32 soldiers and pro-government gunmen near the northern city of Aleppo, according to activists.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Aleppo-based activist Ahmad Hamed said the troops were seized in the village of Ratyan after it was retaken by the rebels yesterday.
More than 120,000 fighters supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have been killed in the country’s civil war since it began in 2011.