A copy cat video was released on Wednesday by a militant group calling itself Jaysh al Islam, showing the execution-style killing of at least twelve militants from ISIS.
The members of the group viewed in the video stated that this act was a way of seeking revenge for their members who were killed by ISIS, which released a video last Friday showing the beheading of twelve fighters of the group.
Jaysh al Islam, led by Zahran Alloush, is a coalition of multiple opposition fighting units based in al Ghouta, in the suburbs of the Syrian capital of Damascus.
Formed in 2013, the group is considered to be one of the strongest armed organizations in Syria commanding up to 25,000 militants. Both groups are fighting for control of territory and power in Syria and their interests have previously clashed as Jaysh al Islam has refused to announce its allegiance to ISIS.
The militants in the video were seen mimicking the notorious ISIS execution-style, but in their video the ones performing the execution were wearing orange jumpsuits while the detained ISIS militants were dressed in black.
During the 19 minute video, the detained men, claimed to be ISIS militants of various ranks, are led out masked and dragged by chains before they are unmasked and shot execution style with guns.
“This group claimed to be the mother state and made Takfir [accused of apostasy] on other Muslims, shed their blood and looted their properties and dignities,” one of the rebels says before the executions are shown.
“This is the penalty for what they have committed. We also call on their fellows to repent.”
This video was viewed by experts as simply another example of “stooping to ISIS’s level.”
According to the Independent, Charlie Winter, an analyst with the UK-based think-tank Quilliam, said that “even though the killing was done way back, there was doubt as to whether the video would be released.”
“ISIS goaded Jaysh al-Islam into it” he said.
“And, seeing ISIS’s reaction on Twitter, it is so clear that this was the desired effect.”