ISIS jihadists put out Hollywood-style propaganda film

 
 
Aerial shots, slow-motion explosions, scenes filmed through a rifle’s crosshairs… You might think this is footage from a new summer blockbuster, but you would be wrong. It is, in fact, a new propaganda video produced by Sunni jihadists from the armed group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The extremely violent hour-long film was published online just days before ISIS launched a massive offensive in northern Iraq.
 
The film is called “The Clanging of the Swords IV”. The Roman numeral is there because, much like with Hollywood blockbusters, the film is part of a series. This one was first published on Internet forums heavily frequented by ISIS members, and was then reposted on the group’s official Twitter account on May 17, 2014.
 
The opening sequence pans in on a map of the fictitious geographic zone that the ISIS fighters call the “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria”, which encompasses Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, and Iraq. This is followed by footage from a drone flying over Fallujah, an Iraqi city that ISIS has controlled since early 2014. Then, a rocket launch is heard, as if to mark the start of the “action”. (The full-length, original video can be viewed here).
 
 
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A message for the Iraqi army

The three videos that came before “The Clanging of the Swords IV” primarily consisted of footage filmed by ISIS during its fighting in Syria. However, on May 17, the organisation aired this action-oriented montage of scenes filmed in Iraq, which includes real footage of, for instance, official Iraqi vehicles being machine-gunned full of holes, the execution of Iraqi soldiers and the destruction of tanks. This footage came as a warning, three weeks before the start of the ISIS offensive on the cities of Mosul, Tikrit, and Kirkuk.
 
On an Iraqi road, fighters shoot at vehicles that Iraqi officials are allegedly riding in. 
 
The film, which includes many graphic images, has been taken off YouTube multiple times, but is each time uploaded anew by different users. It is hard to say how often it has been viewed and whether it has impacted the morale of Iraqi soldiers. Some Twitter online commenters predicted that “this video will cause 10 to 15% of [Iraqi] soldiers to desert.” And indeed, many Iraqi soldiers did not fight back when the jihadists arrived, opting instead to take off their uniforms and disappear into the crowds of fleeing civilians – even though in northern Iraq, soldiers outnumbered jihadists ten to one.
 
A tank explodes on a mine, as ISIS fighters cheer. 

When reality looks like fiction

In this video, ISIS fighters shy away from the face-to-camera statements normally made by jihadist groups, instead focusing on action and combat. A CNN journalist even noticed similarities between certain parts of the montage and scenes from the US film “Zero Dark Thirty” on the search for Osama Bin Laden.

 
 
Even though the production style is reminiscent of Hollywood blockbusters, ISIS insists that everything depicted is real. To this end, the names of fighters appear on the screen when they come into view, as well as the names of fighters who died in combat. In the same way, the film points out the locations of much of the footage.
 
The cruelty of ISIS’s execution scenarios are chilling. At the 38 minute mark, men accused of having worked for the United States are filmed digging their own graves.
 
Screen grab from the video. 

ISIS and Sunni civilians

By selecting these particular pieces of footage, ISIS aims to show that they are primarily attacking officers of the Iraqi army and those who collaborated with the United States or with the Iraqi government, which is controlled by the country’s Shiite majority. At the 27 minute mark, ISIS soldiers, dressed up in Iraqi army uniforms, film themselves standing at a fake army roadblock they’ve set up on a road in Iraq. The passenger of one cars, who believes he is addressing soldiers, informs them that he is a high-level Iraqi bureaucrat. He is promptly executed.
 
 
By focusing their propaganda on these targets, ISIS is letting Sunni civilians in northern Iraq know that they will be spared by the fighting. It is crucial for the jihadists to convince the residents of Sunni cities not to flee, because having them around allows the jihadists to conceal themselves behind a veritable human shield. However, these videos do not mention the fate that could befall civilians in the region’s Shiite areas.
 
Fighters addressing Iraqi civilians. 
 
Following an astounding advance in the Sunni north, columns of ISIS fighters are allegedly less than 100 km away from Baghdad. This jihadist group, which is about ten thousand strong, aims to create a huge Sunni caliphate in the region.
 
An ISIS operation by ngiht. 
Post written by FRANCE 24 journalists Ségolène Malterre (@segoF24) and Wassim Nasr (@SimNasr).

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This is not Islam.

What ISIS terrorists are doing to Iraqi and Syrian civilian is un-Islamic. Islam abhors killing of human and particularly innocent and even criminals or collaborators to national military or associated with and militia etc, without giving them right to defense themselves. You have no right to kill a Shiite or Shiite have no right to kill Sunni or give an edict who is true Muslim and who is not. It is the right of Allah to decide about right and wrong. These terrorists are stranded Muslim, mislead by Saudi Arabia and Qatar on behalf of USA, Israel and NATO etc. These terrorists are fighting a civil war to safeguard western and Israeli interest in the Middle East. Those who now playing as if they are against the ISIS are in fact once promoters of them in Syria as the promoted Al-qauida prior to Afghanistan war. Recent Iraq civil war is part of big international plot against Iraq and particularly against Middle east hatched in Tel Aviv and Washington. The aim is to invade Syria in excuse to pursuing ISIS terrorists and after making Syria another Libya and Iraq. Then go further to invade Iran, which might is failing to read the American intention.

lies

Allah commands the Muslims to smite the infidels, and the fact that it come later in the Koran shows, " by Islamic theology" that this idea of jihad by war is most definitely Islamic. Listen to Kamal Saleem's videos sometime my friend... I would suspect that as a former member of the PLO
{no longer a muslim or a jihaddi} would likely know quite a bit. I have heard him speak to me in person, I found no deceit in his mouth.

YOU, however are allotted by Allah the permission to lie, as long as it advances the cause of Islam....

I think you lie.....

Not So

You forgot two things - The US not long ago pulled out of these places, and there is no money left to fund these adventures any more.

The US is not even contemplating such a move. The only finger they will lift to help Iraq is their middle one.

"Help"

You say that as if keeping Kurdish, Sunni, and Shia Iraq one country, as drawn out by the English colonialists, is a good thing.

That's absurd. The

That's absurd. The populations of the US and Israel would a million times over rather have civilized people to trade with. The sad fact is that we have to deal with what is, not what we wish would be.

By the way, I haven't seen any videos of Israelis or Americans cutting off fingers or beheading people.

It is very naïve to think

It is very naïve to think that all the woes of middle east comes from the Jews or the Americans. Although they are not innocent in that mess, the reality is the hate that each Arabs feel to each other and the judgments they give to their own neighbors.
I don't know which qu'ran you read, but war and jihad is very present there. It is not only a Muslim problem but a general view of a religious person who thinks his view is the only good view.
The root of the problem is religion. Take religion away and there is no meaning in this fight. Learn to forgive instead of giving a death sentence to anyone who dares to think different than you.

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