In an English language release of a video previously shared on Islamic State channels, ISIS militants in Deir ez-Zor, “Wilayat al-Khayr,” Syria are shown in combat. The original Arabic video was released on ISIS terrorist channels on November 8.
The video comes from “Wilayat al-Khayr,” Syria, which translates to “The States of Goodness.” According to the Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium, “Wilayat al-Khayr is a (Syria-Iraq) border province of the Islamic State, primarily made up of the city Deir Ezzor and its fertile surroundings.”
The video begins with footage of American troops invading Mosul, Iraq in 2003, under the title of “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” The troops are referred to as “cross worshippers” in the video. It then uses Islamist rhetoric to justify the rise of the so-called Islamic State in 2014. It then discusses what ISIS first did when it took over Mosul.
The rest of the video is mostly a montage of previously released ISIS video footage, with intermittent speeches by jihadists. The video title refers to Wilayat al-Khayr as an “impenetrable fortress.” Wilayat al-Khayr was created after the ISIS offensive in Syria. ISIS first attacked the Deir ez-Zor area in December 2014.
Later in the video, combat and suicide bombing footage is shown.
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