The video was released on August 26 on ISIS terrorist channels from “Wilayat ar-Raqqa, or “State of Raqqa,” an ISIS-occupied region of Syria. Raqqa acts as the “capital” of the so-called Islamic State. According to the Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium, “Raqqa has been the seat of Islamic State control in Syria since IS moved its operations there from the environs of Aleppo in the summer of 2014. It had previously been a rebel-held center of operation.”
The video features multiple executions of at least 14 men being killed by ISIS men, boys, and seniors.
According to Site Intel Group, the boy executioners are children of foreign Islamic State militants and are identified by ISIS as British, Egyptian, Kurdish, Tunisian, and Uzbek citizens.
The new video focuses on the ongoing damages and deaths suffered by civilian Syrians from airstrikes. At least 5 countries are currently bombing Syria, with Foreign Policy reporting that 2 days ago, Turkey began airstrikes in the region.
ISIS militants regularly embed themselves in civilian populations to make airstrikes more difficult for opposition forces and to drum up propaganda to validate their so-called “caliphate.” Earlier this month, ISIS released footage showing the aftermath of an alleged US airstrike in Manbij, Syria. According to Reuters, the airstrikes were aid to help Syria Democratic Forces, including the Kurdish YPG militia, take back the border town. Watch that video here.
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