Turkish soldiers imprisoned in cages by Islamic State in desert area
Turkish authorities took the decision to close down Facebook, Twitter and Youtube affecting some users following the release of a graphic video from Islamic State showing the immolation of 2 Turkish soldiers believed to have been captured fleeing Aleppo. The video could not be independently verified.
On November 29th BBC reported, “IS claimed via its news agency that its militants had captured two Turkish soldiers in al-Dana village near al-Bab in northern Syria” where “Turkish military is leading an offensive to clear IS and Kurdish forces from the strategic al-Bab town.”
Soldiers chained back to back awaiting their fate (Stills via Raji Assi)
The video which lasts 19 minutes shows footage of IS on the battlefield. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan comes under verbal attack and IS calls for “destruction to be sowed” in Turkey. Two soldiers wearing battle fatigues are seen imprisoned in cages in an arid landscape in the vicinity of a river. They are placed chained, back to back and their heads are shaven. Hassan Ridha alleged, “the IS release video on Euphrates Shield, shows burning alive of 2 Turkish soldiers that were captured last month, Fathi Shahin and Saftar Tash.”
Soldiers led on all fours (Sill via Botin Kurdistani)
IS soldier about to ignite fuse (Still via Raki Assi)
Turkish soldiers about to be burnt alive by IS (Still via Raji Assi)
IS soldiers are then shown walking the men on all fours like dogs with collars around their necks. The men are highlighted delivering confessions to camera. They can be seen standing barefoot awaiting their fate. One of the IS group armed and dressed in black sets alight to a long fuse attached to a chain which leads to the neck of each soldier. One man turns his head slightly to catch a glimpse of what is behind him. The soldiers are set alight and try desperately to extinguish the blaze writhing in agony on the ground until they loose consciousness and die.
The deaths are said to be in retaliation for Turkish government’s burning of Muslims and several shots are shown of badly injured children. The video is in similar vein to the burning alive of Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh who was killed by IS in 2015.
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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights 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”.