In a new video purportedly released by the Islamic State, mass genocide is shown as ISIS militants round up and murder hundreds of Shia Muslim near Baghdad.
ISIS alleges to have filmed the genocide in the Saladin Governorate, which is north of Baghdad and has a population of just over 1 million. ISIS-affiliated Twitter accounts claim that the video shows the mass execution of the “Safavid“, a historical term referring to an ancient Persian dynasty that established Shia Islam as the state religion of Persia, modern day Iran. ISIS is an extremist Sunni Islam sect and views Shia Muslims as heretical.
The video is incredibly difficult to watch, just like every ISIS video. But this one is especially difficult because it shows the indiscriminate murder of men and boys for being a different religious sect. At one point of the video, a condemned Shia asks to pray one more time before being executed. ISIS allows it, and films his prayer. They then shoot him in the back of the head.
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