A chilling video has emerged showing the merciless execution of 14 men in Syria by a brutal group that are as savage as Al-Qaeda. It shows the blindfolded men – some of whom appear to be teenagers – kneeling in front of a pit at night, illuminated by torchlight.
UK Daily Mail A man, horrifyingly calm, shoots the first man in the back of the head with a pistol. More shots follow in quick, methodical succession. By the end, there are 14 blood-spattered corpses in and around the mass grave.
It was obtained by CNN from Syrian activists attempting to show the world the atrocities committed by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, known as ISIS, a powerful group opposing the rule of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad that has recently battled other opposition groups.
ISIS fighters are reportedly mostly non-Syrian extremist Muslims who have inserted themselves into the civil war to spread their hardline Islamic beliefs. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS,is a pro Al Qaida group jihadist group that many fear is taking an iron grip over parts of Syria.
The group was formed in April 2013 and grew out of Al Qaeda’s affiliate organisation in Iraq. It has since become one of the main jihadist groups fighting government forces in Syria.
The final ‘s’ in the acronym Isis stems from the Arabic word ‘al-Sham’. This can mean the Levant, Syria or even Damascus but in the context of the global jihad it refers to the Levant.
Analysts say non-Syrians constitute a majority of Isis’s elite fighter corps and are disproportionately represented in its leadership.
It also has a presence in a number of towns close to the Turkish border in the north of the country, and has gained a reputation for brutal rule in the areas that it controls.
The group has been operating independently of other jihadist groups such as the Nusra Front and has had a tense relationship with other rebels in Syria.
In July, a commander of the Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) was reportedly shot dead by Isis fighters in the coastal province of Lattakia..
There has also been friction with other Islamists. In November 2013, ISIS was accused of killing a prominent member of the Syrian Islamist rebel group Ahrar al-Sham.
Obama-backed FSA rebels proudly show off the head of a Syrian Army soldier they just removed.
Jabhat al-Nusra, another al-Qaeda linked group of jihadist fighters ride around in a truk showing off a severed head in several Aleppo neighborhoods.
ISIS savages seen carrying out an amputation as a punishment for robbery. The punishment was carried out in Maskanah, Aleppo.
ISIS mounts severed heads of FSA rebels on a fence in Aleppo.