by, Sam Prince | Heavy.com
In a new video purportedly released by the Islamic State titled “Crush Your Enemies,” ISIS militants in “Wilayat Aden Abyan,” Yemen precede their execution of crushing a Yemeni soldier’s head with a boulder with a beheading and gun execution. The video was released on May 20 on ISIS terrorist channels.
The video is stated to have been filmed in “Wilayat Aden Abyan.” According to the Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium, “Wilayat Aden Abyan is a relatively new wilayat. The wilayat began at Wilayat Aden in the Spring of 2015 and then became Wilayat Aden Abyan in the Fall of 2015 as its reach expanded from the Aden province of Yemen to include the Abyan province.”
Unlike most ISIS snuff films, the propaganda begins with the execution of three men, alleged to be Yemeni soldiers. The first one is beheaded, the second is tied to a chair and shot at repeatedly, while the third is gruesomely killed by having a large rock dropped on his head.
Yemen has been in a state of political crisis since 2011 when now ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh tried to amend the constitution to eliminate presidential term limits and make himself president for life. After Saleh was forced to step down in 2012, the presidency was transferred to Vice President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Hadi was formally elected president in February 2012 in a one-man election. Soon after, Houthis, a Shia Islamist group, staged a coup d’état. Yemen has been in a civil war since between government forces and rebels.
Ever since war erupted in Yemen between the Houthis and government forces, groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula have spied an opening to inflict their own brand of instability inside the Arab world’s poorest nation. AQAP has taken over key port towns and imposed its law on residents who haven’t been able to leave. Under the constant hammer of Saudi-led Arab coalition air strikes, Yemen’s chaos has created an opportunity for ISIS to grow.
ISIS arrived in early 2015 to exploit the chaos in Yemen.
After the execution portion of the video, later footage shows ISIS’ war on the Yemeni government by sharing Yemeni Colonel Saleh Al Yafei being assassinated.
WARNING: CONTAINS VERY GRAPHIC IMAGES
ISIS: Crush Your Enemies
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