The Islamic State released a new beheading video which appears to show a beheading of a captive in front of a mosque, but it was post produced in the similar fashion to the alleged beheadings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff, so as the beheading is about to commence, the video fades to black and then resumes with images of the victim laying on the ground as his severed head rests atop his headless body.
At Best Gore, we’ve published dozens of beheadings by the Islamic State, including from back when they called themselves ISIS, and before then ISIL, and before then the Free Syrian Army, and before then whatever the hell it was in Libya. During all that time, after scores of beheading videos, they never used to fade to black for the actual act of beheading. This only started after the botched release of the James Foley video, which is now being widely regarded as fake, even by the war drums beating mainstream media. Is this a form of damage control aimed at trying to save face before those too slow to get it that James Foley execution video was fake?
Video below is all in Arabic, and version with English subtitles has not been provided. It is thus a bit difficult to understand, but it appears to show a group of captives, presumably from either Syria or Iraq, being interrogated by the Islamic State. The captives are dressed in orange jumpsuits typical of prisoners.
After the lengthy interrogation, the video cuts to the scene of one captive kneeling before three masked militants, one carrying the black and white Islamic flag. The mosque softly illuminated by the low lying sun fills in the backdrop. The militant in the middle gives lengthy speech which is accompanied with images of western leaders meeting with what I presume to be Arabic leaders. After that, the nameless captive is apparently beheaded, except that the beheading is not shown.
After the beheading, the rest of the video is dedicated to the show of force by the Islamic State. That includes a column of military vehicles being paraded down a street.
Props to Best Gore member Baby14 for the video: