Still from IS video showing alleged Shi’a spies
Just a few days after an horrific video clip was released showing Shi’a fighter Abu Asrael the ‘father of archangel of death’ slicing into an alleged Islamic State fighter who had allegedly been burnt alive, IS have responded with a similar video of their own.
Asrael who joined Imam Ali brigade, a Iraqi Shi’a militia group sponsored by Iran was seen carving into the body with an apparent reference to slicing shawarma (grilled meat).
Full story can be read on the following link,
“Sheer nightmare for opposition as Imam Ali fighter Abu Asrael slices into burning man”
“Like for like” retaliation
The latest film from IS entitled “Punish them with the same harm they have caused you” is a “like for like” vengeance video said to have been filmed in Anbar province. It focuses on 4 alleged “spies” Iraqi militia dressed in the familiar orange jumpsuits that are seen being made to watch video clips of atrocities related to Shi’a fighters. They then give their “confessions”.
The captives are led near to what is to be their place of death and an IS fighter then delivers a speech. The four men are trussed up like chickens, hands and legs tied behind them and suspended from what looks almost like a swing frame from a child’s play area. They are hung from chains and the fires are lit beneath them. They then burn to death.
Graphic scenes from latest IS video (this image from Dhaka link)
It was clear from IS fighters response to the Asrael video last week that retaliation was on the cards. Though it is unclear if this video was made after that of Abu Asrael. IS supporters commented on my article having already watched the video (which I refrained from posting) and were keen to let me know that they regarded their behaviour in a different light to that of Shi’a when I remarked Shi’a were also responding to IS actions.
Sunni and Shi’a are locked in a brutal cycle where no end is in sight. The Asrael video seemed to get less media attention but this could be due to the uncomfortable position of some in the west who championed him as a battlefield hero against IS… though the west supporting those engaged in atrocities is nothing new.
Another example is Afghanistan where US funds alleged war criminals now actively involved in running the country. In addition, despite calls from human rights organizations and a letter from the American Bar Association to hold the CIA to account for contents of the torture report, no action has been taken and it will probably stay that way. So alleged war crimes are observed on all sides and the body count is impossible to know.
“What will it take to hold CIA torturers to account? American Bar Association calls for prosecution”
Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad . She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.