In a new video purportedly released by the Islamic State titled “Message to the Monotheists After the Bombing of the Apostates in Tunisia,” a man is tied up and shot in “Wilayat Al Barakah,” Syria. It was released December 8.
“Wilayat Al Barakah” was one part of nine Syrian provinces claimed and subdivided by ISIS when they expanded from Iraq into Syria in April 2014. It is part of the Al-Hasakah Governorate of Syria.
In the video, ISIS militants are seen gathered around a computer screen watching footage of Daesh attacks in Tunisia, Africa. It then cuts to jihadists gathered outside, with a main figure delivering a speech for ISIS members AKA “monotheists” in Tunisia. ISIS considers only those who follow its strict Islamic salafi jihadism as monotheists.
According to Middle East & North Africa Direct, the lead jihadist speaking in the video has been identified as Bilel Chouachi, a salafist activist from Tunisia who now resides in Syria.
ISIS has had increasing interest in Tunisia. Since Tunisia’s Arab Spring ended in January 2011 with the ousting of its former dictator Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, it has been a model of democracy in North Africa. However, because it is a fledgling democracy with Islamist parties represented in its government, it has also been susceptible to the growing Islamic State. Foreign Affairs reports:
But this accomplishment has also made the country a target of ISIS. In a statement released after the bus attack, the group warned that the strikes would continue against “the tyrants of Tunisia” until “the laws of Allah” were applied within the country. Perhaps more worrying, more than 3,000 Tunisians have joined ISIS…
Most recently, ISIS “claimed responsibility for bombing a bus carrying members of Tunisia’s presidential guard” that killed twelve, reports CNN. This is what the above video’s title references.
Later in the video, an alleged traitor against the Islamic State is strung up upside down from a tree and shot point blank in the head. Viewer discretion is advised.
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