Twenty two minute video, with Indonesian subtitles, showing POV fighting, some drone bombings, and a number of fire fights sewn together with the obligatory beheading scene and the overly emotional rant. The details in the video are what make this production interesting.
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.
Video released through Amaq showing the detonation of VBIED in the village of Maqta Hajar Saghir, south of Manbij directed at YPG fighters. By counting the seconds between the visible explosion and the when the blast sound is heard, the distance from the explosion (where camera is) can be calculated at about 2.1 kilometres. Sound travels at 344 metres per second or 1129 ft/ sec.
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…