In a new video purportedly released by the Islamic State from Mosul, Iraq titled “The Procession of Light,” 2 prisoners are executed by beheading and drowning. The video was released on ISIS terrorist channels on January 3 following a “teaser trailer” promoting its release.
According to NBC News Counterterrorism Analyst Laith Alkhouri, the direct Arabic translation of the video is “The Convoy of Light.”
In October, the American coalition, consisting of the Iraqi Army, the Kurdish Peshmerga, Shia militias, Christian militias, and the Turkish Nineveh Guard, descended upon Mosul to free it from the Islamic State. The official operation began on October 17 when it was announced by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, reports the BBC.
The past 2-weeks had seen a lull in fighting in east Mosul, but The Guardian now reports that Iraqi troops backed by US-led airstrikes have again begun their push into Mosul. The AP reports, “Elite special forces pushed into the Karama and Quds neighborhoods, while army troops and federal police advanced into the nearby Intisar, Salam and Sumor neighborhoods.”
According to the BBC, the latest push “is the second phase of an offensive on the last major stronghold of [ISIS] in Iraq.” This video was released at the beginning of this “second push.”
The nearly 42-minute video begins with footage of multiple VBIED (vehicle-borne improvised explosive device) suicide attacks carried out by ISIS in Mosul. The attacks are carried out by smiling young men, who are interviewed by Islamic State videographers prior to their suicides.
ISIS refers to their suicide bombers as “istishhad.” “Istishhad” is Arabic for “heroic death.” Istishhadi is the plural of istishhad.
After this, the narration moves outside of Mosul to the countryside surrounding it. Here, ISIS militants are shown in combat with American coalition forces.
Later, a wheelchair-bound ISIS militant carries out suicide car bombing after giving an interview.
More VBIED attacks are shown before the execution portion of the video, which begins in the last 6-minutes of the snuff film. In the execution portion, two men accused of being Iraqi coalition spies are executed in two separate instances.
The second of the men is filmed on the phone in a possible reenactment of his alleged spying.
The first man is seated while handcuffed and interviewed while wearing an orange “Guantanamo Bay” jumpsuit, like a majority of ISIS prisoners. He is then taken to a rooftop and beheaded by a black hooded and masked executioner.
The second man is waterboarded before being completely drownded while audio of his alleged spying activies is played over his execution.
The video is the first exeuction video to come in 2017. The last ISIS execution video was released in late December and featured two Turkish soldiers being burned alive outside of al-Bab, Syria. BNO News reports that its release caused Turkey to shut down social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
It was chilling bookend to a violent year, where 17 countries were attacked and at least 1,422 were killed by members of the Islamic State.
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