WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES
As the US focuses on important domestic strife, ISIS has popped back up from under the rock where it dwells to divert the attention of anyone who might have stopped thinking about giving all their rights away in exchange for security.
Three new sickening execution videos were released by the group.
All three are once again of a high production quality, and are clearly designed to raise the bar on the barbarity the group has previously displayed.
One segment shows a group of men literally having their heads blown clean off with explosives.
A group of seven men were made to kneel as explosives were wound around their necks and detonated in order to decapitate them.
In another segment, four men are seen locked in a car which is subsequently blown up by a militant using a rocket-propelled grenade.
And a third segment shows five more men locked in a cage and lowered into a swimming pool. The militants had fitted underwater cameras in the pool to recorded the men drowning.
The executions are said to have all taken place in Iraq’s Nineveh province. The 16 victims are spies, according to the terror group. The men were forced to ‘confess’ to their ‘crimes’ before being killed.
Charlie Winter, a researcher at counter extremism think tank the Quilliam Foundation said that ISIS “knows that by producing appalling content like this it will scare people and get coverage on Western media outlets…they will have made this video fully anticipating the storm that would follow.”
ISIS has recently faced set backs in Syria as Kurdish fighters and their allies have taken back a military base and managing to advance to within 30 miles of Raqqa, where the core of the extremist group is based. A pushback has also weakened the group in Iraq and Libya, according to reports.
Meanwhile, the US continues to lead two separate international coalitions in carrying out air strikes in both Iraq and Syria. Kurds and Iranian-backed militias as well as government troops are conducting ground battles against the group.
1- Execution with RPG
2- Execution by drowning
3- Execution with booby trap