NEW YORK — A horrific new video released Tuesday by the Islamic State shows extremists decapitating, drowning and incinerating Iraqi men they accused of cooperating with United States forces or their allies.
The grisly death scenes, produced with multiple cameras and even a soundtrack, appear almost as if they were created in a Hollywood special effects studio, if not for the very real killings they depict.
In the first scene, music plays as several prisoners sit inside a burgundy sedan. A man standing steps from the car fires a rocket-propelled grenade at the vehicle, setting it ablaze as the men trapped inside can be heard screaming.
In the next scene, several other prisoners wearing red jumpsuits are locked inside a cage. A camera on top of the cage shows the prisoners, who appear calm at first, begin to panic and scream as they sink into the turquoise-colored water.
In the last scene, seven prisoners are executed using explosive rope, which is looped around their necks and detonated, decapitating all of them. The video ends with a message targeting Bassem Mohammed, a lieutenant in the Iraqi police force.
Mohammed told the New York Times that many of the men killed in the video were his relatives. “They are civilians, without exception . . . if someone is not a civilian, he can’t live in their areas.”
For months, Mohammed had been trying to arm and pay a local group of former policemen to battle ISIS in Nineveh Province, the Times reported.