An eighteen minute al-Khayr production designed to lure in heroes for martyrdom through scripted dialogue, play-training in urban ruins, leaping from roof tops and an unsettling focus on young boys. The execution beheading and shooting of the alleged Kurdish PKK spies in an abandoned amusement park in Deir ez-Zor, come after long winding often convoluted dialogues from the teen with the typical “lights are on, but no one is at home” stare. This can be seen in the November 2016 video “Repent and You Will Have Safety From Us” (tangentcode). One interesting note which pushes a once well worn notion,”if you can stand up, you can fight” is the appearance of the one armed fighter, although briefly.
The video takes a direction which Daesh relish whenever the opportunity arises of using the youngest child executioners as possible. One of the children looks more like it is afflicted with a genetic or kidney disorder and struggles to pull the trigger on what must be the smallest pistol available. The beheading is just as remorseless as the production team take a horror movie long shot of blood dripping through the playground equipment.
Further reading (here) > “SDF 5km from strategic Tabqa dam west of Raqqa”
The World Bank MENA Economic Monitor from the Chief Economist’s Office of the Middle East and North African Region report, “Economic and Social Inclusion to Prevent Violent Extremism” (pdf).
The report splits up by region and in one aspect, points out what has become apparent that the Daesh and Foreign Fighters come from a educated and wealthy sector of a society. This was particularly of note with the Dhaka attack where five young man from stable and well supported and financially stable backgrounds perpetrated a terror attack. It is also noticeable from the ‘teen terror arrests’ that these radicalised young men come from comfortable backgrounds. (Operation Rising)
“foreign recruits from the Middle East, North Africa and South and East Asia are significantly more educated than what is typical in their region”
Two slides of interest shown below show the ‘average age’ of Daesh and Foreign Fighters and the ‘Schooling attained”. The report makes shows how macroeconomics and oil prices in the different regions have crashed in commodity prices, pushing economies into deep recession.
“The Syrian war has ravaged the economy, output has shrunk between 50 to 60 percent, the Syrian Pound has lost 80 percent of value, the population has fallen by 23 percent, 12.4 million are displaced internally (7.6 million) and externally (4.8 million) since the start of the conflict, and education is on hold for many of the children living inside and outside of the country.”
“The 18-month civil war in Yemen has resulted in 10,000 civilians killed, 2.8 million people displaced and most Yemenis suffering from shortages of food, water, sanitation and healthcare”
The outlook for each of the regions is projected.
“as projected oil prices trend upwards and production rises, growth is expected to pick up in the medium term. Tight fiscal policy will hold back government expenditure growth while simultane- ously developing new revenue sources, thereby reversing the fiscal deficit”
Leonard Maingi Kiiyo was captured in January 2016 and is seen in this Al-Kataib-Al Shabaab video pleading for his life. Leonard is a doctor in the nursing section of the 9th Battalion Kenyan Rifles based in Moi Barracks. The attack on 15th January 2016 in El-Adde (wiki) resulted in a number of others being taken hostage as explained through the subtitled dialogue.
In the video Leonard addresses Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, the commander in Chief of the Kenyan Army, as the director of the ill fated AMISOM manoeuvre crossing the Somalian border, asking for his help directly.
This is the largest defeat against the KDF since its independence in 1963.
further to the above video is another such production (released Sept 30 below) with David Ngugi Wataari
note the subtitles are enlarged for your convenience
UPDATE 17 Jan 2017
Video released of Ugandan soldier executed by Somalia’s al Shabaab militants. (Reuters)
Fourteen minute video under the banner Wilayat Bengal, “And The Disbelievers Planned, But God Planned. And God Is The Best Of Planners ” (Qur’anic verse 3:54) from 23 September 2016 set around the July Dhaka Cafe Attack (wiki). This is not the first time Daesh elements have popped their head up in this region. Four men were arrested in January 2016, after making video media aligning themselves with Daesh. (tangentcode).
The Bengal production could be seen as a gasp for breath as Daesh suffer geographically across Iraq and Syria. One point to remember regarding the Dhaka attack is that the young men were not from impoverished or disrupted back grounds, rather from comfortable middle class families, which provide a nursery for Daesh ideology planted by an extremists elements often disenchanted with their own misunderstandings and spiritual vacuums.
A similar event of push media has also occurred with the reappearance of Boko Haram’s Abubakar Shekau, thought to have been killed, showing up in video media. (Reuters) in a low quality YouTube video. Below is Abubakar Shekau from the Wing Commander Hedima “Nigerian Pilot Beheading” video (tangentcode) February 2015.
And as seen in the September 2016 YouTube video (below)
Further to this images appear of Nigerian Army attack and Looting .
Seventeen and a half minute Furat video released 16 September 2016 with Somalian Mujahideen out on picnic/prayer session with multi-lingual threat fest. The video is quirky with its rough editing and layers of ‘smudge censor’ in an effort to conceal the groups identities. This seems a waste of time as through the video there are moments when the faces can be made out from under the polyester veils.
Through the dialogue words and the names of capitals cities can be made out, the “get ready brother” and the “if you cannot follow you must have an excuse’ narrative is repeated. The video ends with a camel being slaughtered and skinned.
Video beheading and shooting execution from Wilāyat al-Barqah media once again delivering a diluted message of some madman’s rantings lost in the stereo typical boogie man beheading borefest.
The video shows a number of men speaking the Shahada, followed by a man from Sudan who is robustly despatched like livestock, while the next man, a soldier is executed with a small arms bullet in the head.
The eight minute video titled, “Letter notation made by immigrants Sham Russians Cemetery” takes some patience to sit through as the viewer is berated by a wildly gesticulating individual who is near shouting, whilst standing in front of old discarded jets.
With a dramatic video game style opening, images of Assad and Putin are machine-gunned and a grenade tossed in with the familiar off the shelf graphic explosion.
As the ‘rant’ unfolds the men standing in line fidget about as their weapons become heavy and their lack of discipline on parade becomes evident. One by one the men repeat some almost inaudible chant. The men then commence firing into the air as if it means something important, when in reality it proves how bereft of common sense the entire production is.
In one regard one would expect something to be pushed out via propaganda machine as Russia moves its first tactical fighter jets to base in Syria. (here).
In a historical sense one could compare what is about to happen to the winter of 1944. (here)
Video from West Ifriqiyyah media, possibly from September 2015, show Boko Haram insurgents near Borno moving across a grassy area with small to large tree cover. At first it is not clear what or who they are firing at. A tank appears and is chased by the lightly armed ground force. The video continues showing Government troops driving away, but it is not long until the insurgents catch up with the remaining Nigerian Troops. Bodies are shown in various states of injury as they are looted. One of the Government soldiers is captured alive and is gratuitously despatched in a cruel beheading scene.
The video concludes with the Boko Haram insurgents seemingly delighted with their haul of looted weapons and ammunition, which in reality would possibly only replace what they expended.
Nigerian forces have repelled Boko Haram only to have to take that same region again at a later date. One recent attempt to dissuade attacks is to ban the use of horses by military, (here)
The 26th of June 2015 ended a week into Ramadan 2015 as attacks left 156 killed in Kobani, 50 killed in Somalia, 37 killed in Tunisia, 27 killed in Kuwait and 1 killed in France.
Europe had n’t even sat down to lunch and the first event was over in France, another was unfolding and then a third was beginning its road to perdition.
World leaders skipped into the familiar protocol of shut downs and parabolic threat levels as gore bloggers and loose end editors remotely actioned facts over the wire.
The suicide bombing in Kuwait, the Tunisian Resort attack, both which have been acknowledged by Islamic State, but not the factory attack in France, referenced calls for action from the talking Daesh heads oozing from the well oiled and fettled social media machine.
The image below shows the Grenoble attacker, Yassin Salhi and from 2012 (here).
The ten minute video complete with dual subtitles is a rambling speech by scarf-covered-face-AK-carrying-man in front of a couple of Toyota trucks in the classic Boko Haram production.
During the dialogue identification papers are shown from the attack on a small compound and a vehicle convoy which is shown in the second half of the video.
Injured people are shot dead and one man is beheaded in the tray truck. The video concludes with a revisiting of the October 2014 Nigerian jet wreckage which was in reality the result of the Nigerian Pilots bravery. (here)