IS drowns and de­cap­i­tates ‘spies’ in bru­tal new video

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

An Is­lamic State group video re­leased Tues­day showed the ji­hadists mur­der­ing 16 men by drown­ing them in a cage, de­cap­i­tat­ing them with ex­plo­sives and fir­ing a rocket-pro­pelled grenade into a car.

The video, ap­par­ently shot in Iraq’s Nin­eveh province, was one of the most bru­tal yet in a se­ries re­leased by the ji­hadists of killings of op­po­nents in ar­eas un­der IS con­trol.

IS has ex­e­cuted hun­dreds of peo­ple by gun­fire, dozens by be­head­ing, stoned some to death, thrown oth­ers from build­ings and burned a cap­tured Jor­da­nian pi­lot alive.

Videos of the killings are a key pro­pa­ganda tool of the ji­hadists, used to shock and ter­rify their en­e­mies as well as to draw in new re­cruits seek­ing the most bru­tal and ac­tive mil­i­tant group.

The men killed in the latest video are said to be “spies,” with some of them mak­ing recorded “con­fes­sions.”

First, the mil­i­tants lead four men to a car and close the doors, af­ter which one fires a rocket-pro­pelled grenade un­der the ve­hi­cle, set­ting it alight.

A mil­i­tant is later shown lock­ing five men in­side a me­tal cage, which is then lifted by a crane and sub­merged in what ap­pears to be a dirty swimming pool.

Two cam­eras af­fixed to the out­side of the cage show the men’s deaths in the murky wa­ter.

The last killings show a mil­i­tant loop­ing blue det­o­nat­ing cord around the necks of seven kneel­ing men, af­ter which the ex­plo­sives are set off and some of the men are de­cap­i­tated.

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