#AceNewsServices – Nov.19 – By now it is well known that Islamic State (IS) produces propaganda videos of exceptional quality. They are slick, smart and incredibly powerful. It is no exaggeration to say they are the best-produced videos to have ever emerged from the global jihad movement.

This is quite something, given that jihadist groups have always been at the forefront of harnessing new technology for their own ends.

Even with this in mind, the release of another IS video on Sunday was remarkable for a number of reasons. The group’s nihilism and gross barbarism is packaged with the kind of artistic care that might be more expected in a Tarantino thriller.

‘Breathtakingly callous’

After a long introduction outlining the IS version of history, the group is shown marching 20 men to their deaths.

Menacing sounds – the clanging of swords and the heavy, desperate breathing of men who know what comes next. Slow motion shots capture the stony fear etched on the victims’ faces.

Halfway through the slaughter the ringleader – a British man dubbed “Jihadi John” – stops and looks directly into the camera. It is breathtakingly callous.

The small Syrian town of Dabiq, which featured in the latest beheading video from the Islamic State group (IS), has figured heavily in the group’s propaganda since July when it named its new English-language magazine after the town.

The group has focused on the dusty backwater not because of any strategic importance or the size of its population – the Syrian census of 2004 recorded that little over 3,000 people were living there – but for the power of its symbolism.

Dabiq, which lies around 10km (six miles) from the Turkish border, features in Islamic apocalyptic prophecies as the site of an end-of-times showdown between Muslims and their enemies.

The Prophet Muhammad is believed to have said that “the last hour will not come” until Muslims vanquish the Romans at “Dabiq or Al-A’maq” – both in the Syria-Turkey border region – on their way to conquer Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul).

IS has been seeking to bring on that battle by goading the international coalition to confront it there.

Islamic state militant appearing in a video in Dabiq, Syria

‘This British militant is believed to have been involved in the beheading of five Western hostages since August ‘

The masked British militant who is believed to have been involved in the killing of five Western hostages since August appeared in the latest IS video with Dabiq in the background and the severed head of murdered US aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig at his feet.

“Here we are, burying the first American Crusader in Dabiq, eagerly waiting for the remainder of your armies to arrive,” he said.

IS has repeatedly dared the West to send ground troops to Syria. By staging the latest beheading video in Dabiq, the group appear’s eager to be given an opportunity to fulfil the prophecy and bolster its legitimacy to a wider audience.

It appears that the militants were filmed on a hill on the northern edge of Dabiq, close to the location of another IS propaganda video released in October which featured three European jihadists all playing up the significance of the town.

British militant in Dabiq, Syria appearing in an Islamic State video

‘The British man in this video has threatened to behead coalition forces ‘

One of them, a British IS member of Eritrean origin called Abu-Abdallah, addressed the camera with the black IS flag fluttering in the background saying “We are waiting for you in Dabiq” and threatening to behead coalition forces there.

Source: BBC World News – Contributions 


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#AceWorldNews – FRANCE – Nov.19 – President Francois Hollande said a second French citizen appears in the video showing a beheaded American aid worker and the deaths of Syrian soldiers, AP reported.


‘Officials on Monday identified 22-year-old Maxime Hauchard among the Islamic State militants seen in the video announcing the death of aid worker Peter Kassig ‘ 

Hollande said Wednesday in Canberra, Australia, that the roles of the two men have yet to be determined precisely. “There are two French people who have been identified,Hollande said.

'Officials on Monday identified 22-year-old Maxime Hauchard among the Islamic State militants seen in the video announcing the death of aid worker Peter Kassig.

‘Officials on Monday identified 22-year-old Maxime Hauchard among the Islamic State militants seen in the video announcing the death of aid worker Peter Kassig. 

Officials on Monday identified 22-year-old Maxime Hauchard among the Islamic State militants seen in the video announcing the death of aid worker Peter Kassig. He also reported by the FranceTV appears on twitter here: Abu_uthman_5 -Screenshot from 2014-11-19 14:14:06


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UNITED STATES: ‘ Department of Homeland Security Concerned That Recent Be-Headings May Become Copycat ‘

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – The head of the US Department of Homeland Security is “very concerned” that tactics used by the ISIL terrorist organization in Iraq and Syria might be copied in the US, including public be-headings.

' ISIL may inspire beheadings in US: Homeland Secretary '

‘ ISIL may inspire beheadings in US: Homeland Secretary ‘

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told Fox News on Friday that ISIL terrorists are an “extremely dangerous” group who are willing to behead people publicly and may inspire some Americans to carry out similar acts.
ISIL “is an extremely dangerous terrorist organization that simply has to be dealt with and we are taking the fight to them, through air strikes, through an international coalition,” Johnson said.

“These terrorist groups have very slick social media, propaganda and literature that have the capability of inspiring somebody whose never met a member of the group or been to a terrorist training camp, and so we’re very concerned about the possibility of that and we’re addressing it,” he said.“They have shown … a depravity and a willingness to behead people publicly because of the fact that they’re Americans, or because they’re British,” he added. 

The US and its regional allies, especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey have been funding, arming and training the extremist groups to oust President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. 

In May 2013 US Senator John McCain of Arizona slipped across the border into Syria from Turkey and met with insurgents fighting the Syrian government. McCain has been a staunch supporter of arming the insurgents. 

McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina have been pushing for arming the insurgents in Syria. 

“The senators, both of whom are on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that rebel fighters deserved to be armed and that helping them take on the Syrian government would aid Washington’s effort to weaken Iran,” the New York Times reported on Feb 19, 2012.

Steve Clemons writing for The Atlantic said in a June 23, 2014 article that Senator McCain and Senator Graham had “met with Prince Bandar bin Sultan, then the head of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence services and a former ambassador to the United States, to encourage the Saudis to arm Syrian rebel forces.”

“Thank God for the Saudis and Prince Bandar, and for our Qatari friends” McCain said “at the Munich Security Conference,” in February 2014  praising Prince Bandar and Qataris “for supporting forces fighting Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria,” Clemons reports.

CIA has also been training the insurgents in secrete camps in Jordan and Turkey.

ISIL, also known as ISIS or IS, currently controls large areas of Syria’s eastern and northern sections. The group sent its militants into Iraq in June, seizing large parts of land straddling the border between the two countries.

The group has carried out heinous crimes in the two countries, including mass executions and beheadings of people. It has so far beheaded two Americans and two Brits.

The brutal terror organization released a video Friday purportedly showing the beheading of British aid worker Alan Henning.

Henning’s beheading on camera was the fourth such video released by ISIL terrorists. The group has also released videos depicting the beheading of two US journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, as well as British aid worker David Haines.



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