In a new video purportedly released by the Islamic State titled “These Are My Forefathers,” ISIS tribal leaders in Dier ez-Zor, “Wilayat Khayr,” Syria are shown executing 4 “spies” with point blank rifle shots. The video was released on ISIS terrorist channels on December 3.
Deir ez-Zor is the provincial capital of the ISIS-occupied “Wilayat al-Khayr,” which is primarily made up of the Syrian Deir ez-Zor Governorate. Wilayat al-Khayr means “The State of the Good.” The name refers to the Euphrates River, which provides fertile grounds for agriculture. ISIS has held parts of Deir ez-Zor since 2014. Since then, they have been entrenched in a battle with the Syrian Arab Army with Russia providing air support.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Russian airstrikes and military intervention in the Syrian Civil War started in September 2015 after an official request by Bashar al-Assad aid against rebel and jihadist groups like ISIS.
The first Russian airstrikes in Syria began around September 30, 2015.
In the video, combat footage of ISIS is shown is shown.
At one point, ISIS militants are using an image of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as target practice.
At the execution portion of the video, four tribal ISIS militants are shown wearing red-and-white keffiyehs. They are then introduced prior to executiong four men, identified as “murtadeen.” Murtadeen means “apostates” in Arabic.
The four men then execute their captives by sticking their rifles in their mouths and firing. It is worth noting that the condemned are not dressed in the traditional “Guantanamo Bay,” orange jumpsuits of ISIS prisoners.
The men are then executed.
The video comes the same day that reports from Iraq and Syria suggest that Islamic State “caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed and that “political leaders” have been called to the “capital” of Raqqa, Syria to choose his successor.
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