The self-described media arm of ISIS released a horrific new video on Tuesday showing members of the extremist group killing more than a dozen men by heinous means, including decapitation, drowning, and explosives. The seven-minute-long video, which we won't post here, shows 16 men reportedly from Iraq's Nineveh province trapped in these gruesome scenarios created by ISIS members. According to the SITE Intel Group, which tracks the online activity of jihadist organizations, the 16 men were believed to be spies.
SITE described the accounts depicted in the video:
The Ninawa division of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq released a video of barbarically executing over a dozen spies by drowning them in a cage, shooting a car in which they sit with an RPG and immolating them, and beheading them with explosive cord wrapped around their necks.
The U.S. Department of State has yet to confirm the authenticity of the video. White House officials have also yet to comment.
According to SITE, this new ISIS video was posted on a file-sharing website that has become popular among members of the terrorist group. Over the last year, ISIS has conducted much of its propaganda work online, using social media such as Twitter and YouTube to spread their videos and related images to their international followers.
This latest ISIS video is even more harrowing than the death of Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath Al-Kaseasbeh, who was captured by ISIS militants after his plane went down in Syria. Al-Kaseasbeh was burned alive while trapped in a cage, and his death was broadcast online and even, infamously, on Fox News.
Bustle won't post the video or any images from the video here, as it is difficult to watch. As SITE previously described, the video shows several men handcuffed in a cage slowly being lowered into a pool of water, drowning them. Another segment shows men locked in a car moments before being hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, instantly exploding the vehicle. The video seems, of course, to be a sort of morale-boosting propaganda for ISIS supporters.
U.S.-led airstrikes continue to pummel ISIS hotspots in Iraq and Syria. The Department of Defense said on Monday that the most recent strikes have attacked, damaged and possibly destroyed ISIS tactical units in Mosul and Ramadi in Iraq, and near Aleppo in Syria. Despite the release of this abhorrent video, ISIS continues to lose ground in the region after a year-long campaign of terror.
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