A new video purportedly released by the Islamic State titled “Deterring the Hirelings 2” comes out as the retaking of Mosul by the American coalition begins. In the video, “spies” are mass executed by ISIS militants.
It may perhaps be the last ISIS propaganda film to come out of the Iraqi capital.
Last night, conflicting reports came in that the American coalition, consisting of the Iraqi Army, the Kurdish Peshmerga, Shia militias, Christian militias, and the Turkish Nineveh Guard, had descended upon Mosul to free it from the Islamic State.
It was later confirmed to be true by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, reports the BBC.
Mosul is the last major ISIS-held city in Iraq. It fell to the terrorist organization in June 2014.
Because of the current dynamics in Mosul, this may be the last Islamic State propaganda film to come from the city.
This video is a “sequel” to the ISIS video “Deterring the Hirelings,” which was released on August 13, 2016. In that video, three alleged members of the “Mosul Brigade” are executed for anti-ISIS graffiti. Three men are also beheaded on spying charges.
In the video, the three alleged members of the Mosul Brigade, charged for spray painting anti-ISIS graffiti, are publicly executed to cheers of a crowd.
In the new video, ISIS focuses on the Mosul Brigade again.
Reports of the Mosul Brigade, called “Kataeb al-Mosul” in Arabic, first came in July 2014, when the International Business Times published an article about the local armed resistance. According to Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, their methods for attacking ISIS goes far beyond graffiti. The Mosul Brigade uses snipers, IEDs, and other weapons to attack ISIS militants.
In the video, ISIS rounds up these men, allegee “spies,” and execute them in front of their anti-Islamic State graffiti.
More men are then publicly executed as a large crowd watches.
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