Syrian rebel brigade Al Shamiya Front punk ISIS prisoners with mock execution
Syrian rebel group tricks ISIS prisoners with mock execution
A SYRIAN rebel brigade has managed to punk a group of captured Islamic State fighters while delivering a powerful message, directed not just at the terror group but to the world.
The Al Shamiya Front, an Aleppo-based coalition of Free Syrian Army factions, turned the tables on IS by releasing a mock execution video in the slick style of its enemy, from the trademark final interviews prisoners to the final harrowing shots of the condemned kneeling in the sand.
In the special-effects-heavy video, masked rebels armed with pistols lead 10 cuffed and shackled IS hostages single-file into the desert and force them to kneel.
The captors raise their guns, each taking aim at an orange jumpsuited prisoner’s head. But just as you think they’re about to fire, a message appears across the screen in both Arabic and English.
It says simply: “Muslims are not criminals.”
The militants are then shown withdrawing their guns and pulling off their balaclavas — shot in slow motion for maximum drama — before turning on their heels and walking away from their prisoners.
Copying the style of countless IS propaganda videos, the rebel production begins with short biographies of each condemned prisoner and their crimes.Source:YouTube
The IS fighters kneel before the masked rebels in the desert.Source:YouTube
The rebels point their weapons at the prisoners’ heads.Source:YouTube
An Islamic cleric dressed in white robes then confronts the prisoners, telling them: “This is not our policy. We are not evil.”
The video cuts to scene from previous IS beheading videos and a pile of executed men stacked in two rows before the cleric tells captives they must repent for such crimes. We then see them getting locked up in a jail.
The cleric’s words appear to have a dual purpose — to warn IS and its affiliates that their actions are un-Islamic, and to remind the world that this is a war against extremism, not Muslims.
The production is credited to “Kefah Media”. The word Kefah is the Arabic word for “struggle” or “strife” and should not be confused with “Kufr” or “Kafir”, which is used by IS as a blanket insult for all “disbelievers”.
Founded in December last year, the Al Shamiya Front (also known as the Levant Front and Jabha al-Shamiya) has so far waged an aggressive and sophisticated campaign.
In September, the group shot down a military helicopter it claimed was being used by the Assad regime to drop crude barrel bombs onto rebel-held towns.
Late last month, it recaptured the northern Aleppo villages of Delha and Harjaleh from IS and reportedly dismantled hundreds of surrounding landmines. The group then posted photographs of four young men it claimed were captured IS fighters to social media.
On Tuesday, the terror group responded by detonating a car bomb near an Al Shamiya base in Tal Rifaat, Aleppo, killing at least seven of its members, according the Syrian Observer.
We think the rebels are about to fire when the message “Muslims are not criminals” appears across the screen in Arabic and English.Source:YouTube
The rebels then holster their weapons and remove their balaclavas.Source:YouTube
The rebels turn and walk away, leaving the IS captives bewildered but alive.Source:YouTube