The Islamic State released a video Thursday showing two captive Turkish soldiers burned alive while chained to the ground.
— SITE Intel Group (@siteintelgroup) December 22, 2016
The video begins with a Turkish ISIS fighter calling for “destruction to be sowed” throughout Turkey. The savage video is likely to inflame public sentiment in Turkey, and draw fierce response from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The graphic video is similar to ISIS’s 2015 video, showing a captured Jordanian pilot burned alive in a cage. Turkey confirmed two of its men went missing last month, during routine operations in northern Syria.
Turkey shut down all social media in the country in the wake of the video, likely to keep the video from causing an uproar. The video also comes after a fierce battle between Turkish Security Forces and ISIS in the northern Syrian town of Al-Bab. Turkey invaded northern Syria in August to keep Kurdish militia groups from establishing too permanent of a base.
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