In a new video purportedly released by the Islamic State titled “Desert Lions,” 2 men in “Wilayat al-Furat,” Syria are executed by machinegun point blank. Other first-person shooter battle footage is also shown.
The video was released on ISIS terrorist channels on November 17.
The title possibly refers to a killed ISIS fighter known as the “Desert Lion.” According to NBC:
Shaker Wahib, also known as Abu Wahib, was a mid-level ISIS fighter in Iraq and considered a brutal executioner. He gained notoriety after a haunting 2013 video in which he pulled over three Syrian Alawite truck drivers in along the Syrian-Anbar province border and began to question them about religion — asking how many times they pray, etc. He then declared them bad Muslims, sentenced them to death, made them kneel down and shot them one by one.
Wahib was killed by a coalition airstrike in May.
The video was alleged to have been filmed and released from ISIS’ “Wilayat Furat,” or “State of the Euphrates. According to the Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium, vulnerable cities in the occupied region include “Haditha, Abu Kamal, ‘Anah, Rawa, Al-Qa’im, Al-Bukamal, Al-‘Ubaydi, Hajin, Abu Hamam, [and] Al-Khasfah.”
The video footage begins with a montage of regional leaders preaching jihadist rhetoric. It then cuts to battle footage filmed from first person POV. ISIS commonly uses this “first person shooter” angle for recruitment purposes, as it gives the illusion of war being like a video game.
At 7:30 the executions begin. Two men accused of spying are dressed in orange, “Guantanamo Bay” jumpsuits and executed by being shot point blank with a machine gun.
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