Nineteen minute video from Wilayat al-Raqqah which starts with an execution then proceeds through a collection of fire fights, a VBIED, the identification of dead Kurdish foreign fighter Ryan Lock, ending with an English speaking executioner with a distinctive accent.
Daesh are downloading Kurdish fighters videos and using them to identify enemy dead with stylised digital transition pop ups. (example) Ryan Lock was reported killed 21st December 2016.
Early vision in this video is disrupted as the Daesh fighter with the GoPro is shot dead.
The same tactics of overwhelming light arms fire, flank and encircle are executed like a training run. The second fire fight includes a VBIED with devastating results. The Daesh fighters are well trained and battle experienced, running into the dust after VBIED explosion ready to loot and collect all the oppositions ammunition in typical guerrilla drill, (and capture and imprison any opposition left alive.)
The final execution performed by an English speaking fighter with typical knife pointing rant, beheadings are turn into bleeding out the victim, then kicking the lifeless body into the dust.
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”
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…