A propaganda video recently uploaded to the Internet by the Islamic State group allegedly showed militants forcing hundreds of prisoners to basically “kiss” the ground prior to executing them.
According to the U.K. Daily Mail, the video was recorded a year ago and featured the execution of at least 200 Syrians, all of whom were reportedly caught and held as prisoners of war after the Islamic State group captured the Tabqa air base on Aug. 28, 2014.
Specifically, the video showed militants forcing their prisoners to lie side-by-side with their faces in the dirt, after which militants began shooting each individually.
But Charlie Winter, a senior researcher at the Quilliam Foundation counter-extremism think tank, denied that it was children who were executed in the video as some had reported. He told The Independent that the video “definitely, definitely” did not depict children but rather Assad loyalists.
“In a conflict like this where we need complete clarity, not putting this video in the correct context can be incredibly harmful,” he said. “There is an obvious line between responsible reporting and providing the relevant context and not making it accessible, it just is completely ludicrous to me that this kind of reporting is still going on.”
The video has since been pixelated, leading some to believe that the victims were children. And honestly, given what we know about the Islamic State group’s depravity, we would not have been surprised either way.
Some people may find the content of this video disturbing.
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