ISIS maniacs have been filmed apparently forcing a Syrian soldier to dig his own grave before fitting him with an explosive device and blowing him up.
Photographs released by ISIS warlords this month claim to show four armed fighters watching over a young Syrian soldier as he digs his own grave.
Another photo appears to show him kneeling on the ground with his hands bound behind his back as a terrorist rigs explosives to his chest.
A third image claims to capture the moment the bomb is triggered as a bright flash and cloud of smoke rise above the desert.
The photographs are evocative of the sick propaganda which made the terror group infamous.
The release from the group’s propaganda wing comes as an ISIS newsletter has urged followers to launch attack amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The terror group is still operating in small areas in Syria, despite being largely defeated in the war-torn nation and neighbouring Iraq.
A new editorial in the latest al-Naba publication has called for members to continue their globe-spanning terror – adding that coronavirus was a punishment for non-Muslims and that no mercy should be shown.
While the list included “stay away from sick people”, “wash your hands before eating” and “avoid travel to affected areas”, it also included directive to “put your faith in God and seek refuge in him”.
The news comes as The International Crisis Group warned the coronavirus pandemic was threatening the global solidarity that is integral to fighting extremists.
A statement issued last week said: “It is almost certainly correct that Covid-19 will handicap domestic security efforts and international counter-ISIS cooperation, allowing the jihadists to better prepare spectacular terror attacks.”
ISIS has previously released videos showing the group in action.
In December 2019, they reportedly beheaded 11 Christian hostages on Christmas Day in Nigeria.
The militants said in a sickening video that the mass killing was in revenge for the deaths “of our leaders, including Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi”.
Recent reports reveal the Islamic State has more fighters than it did when it founded its caliphate in 2014, as well as millions of dollars at its disposal.
In March last year the world celebrated the defeat of ISIS in Syria after it was announced the bloodthirsty terror group’s final stronghold had been liberated.
And in October the former leader of the terror group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, blew himself up during a raid President Trump ordered.
However, a recent report from the US Defense Department’s inspector general said that it’s done little to deter the group.
Ongoing tensions between the US and Iran could further aid in the potential for the group’s resurgence.
In January, Trump ordered a drone strike that killed Iran’s top military leader, Qassem Soleimani, taking attention away from ISIS.
Following the strike, the US suspended anti-ISIS operations in the region.
Terrorism analysts say ISIS is largely regional in nature and believe it is unlikely to be attacking the US homeland anytime soon.
David Sterman, a senior policy analyst for New America, told Business Insider: “ISIS continues to exist in Iraq and Syria, and its long history of resilience and resurgence after supposed defeats including the much-heralded ‘surge’ suggests that it could well — given the right circumstances — pose an even greater threat in Iraq and Syria, particularly if tensions with Iran prevent coordinated international efforts to suppress it.
“However, it is essential to acknowledge that even when the United States began its counter-ISIS war, and at ISIS’ peak territorial holdings, the group did not demonstrate a clear capability to strike the United States homeland.”
The new leader of ISIS was revealed as Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli al-Salbi – an Iraqi extremist nicknamed “the Professor.”
Two intelligence services said Salbi seized control of the death cult following the death of former boss Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
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