One of Islamic State’s most recent propaganda videos featured a fighter executing his own brother for alleged spying.
The video features four ISIS fighters, three of whose faces are covered with balaclavas. The uncovered man identifies himself as Abu Abdullah. After two blindfolded prisoners are knelt before him and his comrade, Abdullah begins to recite a prayer in Arabic. One of the prisoners is identified as Abdullah’s older brother shortly before both men are shot in the head execution style.
Typical of ISIS propaganda, the video features high-quality editing, graphics and transitions. An Islamic nasheed, or ritual chant, can also be heard throughout the video.
After threatening any potential spies living under the caliphate’s rule, Abdullah then warned his family to stay out of the matter.
Inter-family executions are not unheard of in ISIS territory. ISIS fighter Ali-Saqr publicly executed his mother in front of a crowd of hundreds in the de facto ISIS capital of Raqqa, Syria in January. The execution was a result of his mother attempting to dissuade him from joining the terrorist group.
An edited segment of the video can be seen below.
ISIS attempts to legitimize its killings through the radical doctrine known as “Takfir.” The doctrine states that a Muslim can accuse another Muslim of apostasy, thus removing their status as a Muslim and allowing them to be executed.
ISIS has called for increased violence over the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which runs from June 5 to July 5 this year. Florida native Omar Mateen, the perpetrator of Sunday’s attack on a nightclub in Orlando that killed 50, including himself, pledged himself to ISIS over a 911 phone call just before engaging in his assault.
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