The Islamic State has re-released its purported video titled “The Making of Illusion” in English. The video came out in September during the Muslim holy time of Eid al-Adha and shows men having their throat slits. Eid al-Adha celebrates when Allah stopped Abraham from sacrificing his son and gave him a lamb to slaughter instead.
The video was originally released on September 12 from “Wilayat al-Khayr,” aka the Deir ez-Zor area of Syria.
The video begins by showing a montage of alleged “spy” footage, stolen from television shows and movies including what appears to be a clip of Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.
Footage of past ISIS executions and recent terrorist attacks done by the group is then shown. The footage includes a photograph of the Eiffel Tower and the images of the aftermath of the Bastille Day terror attack in Nice, France.
The rest of the violence in the video shows men having their throats slit and hung from meat hooks. The men are alleged to be “US spies.”
A recently passed US-Russian deal negotiated a ceasefire in Syria. According to CNN, United States Secretary of State John Kerry “said the pact calls for the Syrian government and the opposition to respect a nationwide ceasefire scheduled to take effect at sundown [today].”
The ceasefire will provide an opportunity for both Russia and the American coalition to target Islamist militias in the region, specifically the al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, and ISIS.
The English version of the video clarifies where the title of the video comes from, “The Making of Illusion.” The title is drawn from the fact that despite how slick and crafty American intelligence officials appear in movies, that ISIS believes it is all a “Hollywood trick.”
“The reality is the completely opposite,” ISIS states in the English subtitles. It then references the attacks by the Islamic State in Europe as failures in western intelligence.
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