“The Making of Illusion” is another one of the few Islamic State videos that will leave an impression unlike any other. The twelve and a half minute “Wilayat al-Khayr” video is much like previous videos such as “Inspired by Satan” in which the individuals murdered have some suspicion cast on them by their use of the internet. Scenes from other videos make a montage of elements, inserts from Paris and Obama round out the usual Daesh storyboard. The deliberately disturbing abattoir scene catches all the animal gratuity of slaughter, the hyper, silent processing of the victims adds a disturbing soundtrack.
The sixteen minute long video is much of the same type of vision produced from over a year ago. The fair ground, the Ferris wheel, the drone shots and the laughing children have lost some of their sparkle. The children seem dull and unkempt. This is n’t the only sub-detail the viewer can spot. The scenes in the Mosque, men with walking sticks and crutches, bandaged lower limbs, all point to a population which has seen recent unrest. The title of the video “God and grow up on Mahdakm” which refers to the ‘redeemer of Islam‘ (wiki) follows a teenage boy who has won a competition in physical agility, to go about delivering ‘gifts’ to injured foreign fighters. An interesting moment appears as we visit a group of injured foreign fighters, one in particular who seems very aware of the camera, has also appeared in the January 2016, “Instructions To Indonesia” (tangent code).
The video shows in graphic detail, as it has on a serial basis, the indoctrination of the people has been thorough.
Seventeen minute video “Kill them wherever you find them” released in January 2016 via AlHayat Media with French language and subtitled in Arabic.
The video is nicely edited with some ‘off the shelf’ transitions together with keyframe animations. But thats where the good stuff ends. The video is much the same as other releases over the last year.
The angry long haired foreign fighter stumbling over a poorly written dialogue along with the trademarked beheading all become a spot boring. At one point it is clearly evident that the poor man about to be bled out is suffering more from the tirade of trigger dialogue as he awaits his fate. Much like sitting next to a crazy person on a train and having to nonchalantly ignore the babble until your destination mercifully appears.
In recent months Daesh have been struggling to keep a video up on any of the half dozen free upload sites. Archive dot org remove videos and have also added a “flag” button. WordPress have shed Daesh blogs like a sloughing snake leaving a trail of “video not found” and “missing content” dead skin in its wake.
Important perhaps in an attempt to stop further recruitments and to that end this quote from ‘The Art of War‘ may be appropriate..
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
One last detail which spiked my interest was the PGP block which appears at the beginning and the end of the video…part of that block is shown below…
Eight minute video released from Wilayat ar-Raqqah Media showing the execution deaths of “coalition crusaders” double agents. The video could alternatively be titled “Atomising the brave, who stand up against the madness”.
The video is subtitled in English, the same dialogue used in other such videos with captured “ground spoilers” explaining the process of being recruited, trained, payed, given cameras and GPS devices to transmit car number plates and internet cafe surveillance in an attempt to match leadership faces with cars, for UAV targets.
The men explain that the Islamic State Security Police knew they were infiltrators from their own insiders and moles within the Coalition Forces Command.
To rub salt into the digital wound a small child is then paraded holding a detonation device calling out the ubiquitous “Allahu Akbar“, something which has become a brand chant of Daesh hijacking.
After the attack in Paris which has left 129 dead, 352 injured, 99 in critical condition, the Islamic State have released a video which includes dialogue from three men, all who speak in French.
Intersting note that one of the men has a GoPro camera attached to his weapon.
Also released is this five minute audio dialogue which has an added translation in English,..
“In the name of Allah, the All Merciful, the Very Merciful.
The Very High All Said: “It is He who expelled the ones who disbelieved among the People of the Scripture from their homes at the first gathering. You did not think they would leave, and they thought that their fortresses would protect them from Allah ; but [the decree of] Allah came upon them from where they had not expected, and He cast terror into their hearts [so] they destroyed their houses by their [own] hands and the hands of the believers. So take warning, O people of vision.” Surah 59 verse 2.
In a blessed attack for which Allah facilitated the causes for success, a faithful group of the soldiers of the Caliphate – may Allah dignify it and make it victorious – launched out. It targetted the capital of prostitution and obscenity, the carrier of the banner of the Cross in Europe: Paris.
Youths who divorced the world and went to their enemy seeking to be killed in the cause of Allah, in support of His religion and His Prophet (Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) and his charges, and to put the nose of His enemies in the ground. So they were honest with Allah, we consider them thusly, and Allah conquered through their hands and cast in the hearts of the Crusaders horror in the middle of their land, where eight brothers wrapped in explosive belts and armed with machine rifles, targeted sites that were accurately chosen in the heart of the capital of France. Including the Stade de France during the match between the Crusader German and French teams where the imbecile of France, Francois Hollande, was present.
[They also targeted] the Bataclan Conference Center, where hundreds of apostates had gathered in a profligate prostitution party, and other areas in the 10th and 11th and 18th [arrondissements] and in a coordinated fashion. So Paris shook under their feet, and its streets were tight upon them, and the result of the attacks was the death of no less than a hundred Crusaders and the wounding of more. Unto Allah, is all praise and gratitude.
Allah had granted our brothers their wish and gave them what they loved, for they detonated their belts in the gatherings of the disbelievers after running out of ammunition. We ask Allah to accept them among the martyrs and make us follow them.
Let France – and those who walk in its path – know that they will remain on the top of the list of targets of the Islamic State. The smell of death will never leave their noses as long as they lead the convoy of the Crusader campaign, and dare to curse our Prophet (Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) and are proud of fighting Islam in France and striking the Muslims in the land of the Caliphate with their planes – which did not help them at all in the streets of Paris, and its rotten alleys. This attack is the first of the storm and a warning to those who wish to learn. Allah is the greatest.”
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)
The two minute video is titled “The state of Tripoli visible // || messages from Jund al-Khilafah ||” It is a statement video which ends with an IED detonation.
Jund al-Kalafah or “soldiers of the Caliphate” in Tunisia and Algeria have released video or audio pledging their allegiances to Islamic State. Most notably in recent times was the beheading of French Hostage Herve Gourdel.(here)
The video is a quasi professional arrangement, in need of some colour correction perhaps, but makes its point in a ‘one take’ power rant. The added vision of an explosion adds some credibility, however the flag in the right hand corner flapping the opposite way soon dilutes this notion.
The quality or other elements of the release do little to swage the fact that the region of Northern Africa is becoming a “no fly zone”. With further disruptions expected to continue in Yemen, the strategic importance of the region takes a back seat in the Islamic State vehicle, ready to take over the controls when needed.
This video from the “Security Database” which on the most part disseminate the execution of spies. A man speaks who is later identified as Muhammad Musallam, an Israeli Arab from Jerusalem. English subtitle appear beneath him and his story unfolds. He was arrested within the group who had become wary of his activities and leaving the ‘guest house’ in February. He had travelled to Syria as an agent recruited by Mossad. (here)
Not only is the brutality and the intent of Islamic State depicted, but they use a teenage executioner to impale the viewers sensibilities. Using teens or “young lions” to execute spies is not a new phenomenon for IS, however it never fails to cut through the fog and mist and slap you right in the face. The execution unfolds in ‘slow motion’, which has a somewhat of an exaggerating effect seized upon in the production.
The video ends with a geolocation map graphic of other alleged Israeli ‘spies’.
The man seen in the video speaking French has been identified as Sabri Essid, who is the step brother of Mohammed Merah. In 2012 Merah killed seven people after targeting a Jewish school in Toulouse, southern France. (here)