A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter keeps watch on the Jalawla front line in the northeastern district of Baquba near the city of Khanaqin August 29, 2014. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT MILITARY)
Barely two weeks after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) shocked the world by posting a video of the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley, the extremist group again lopped another head off and posted the video.
The victim is an unnamed Kurdish peshmerga soldier who was shown kneeling in an orange jumpsuit before the decapitation in the video titled A Message in Blood to the Leaders of the American-Kurdish Alliance. The 2-minute, 13-second video, posted on Friday, has gone viral as it was shared in social media sites. The actual beheading was not shown.
Like the Foley murder, there was a masked man behind the victim, but this time there were to more jihadists holding guns standing beside the beheader, reports AFP.
The report of the beheading came a day after the same group also posted a video on Thursday showing the execution of 250 Syrian soldiers executed by the ISIS.
The beheading serves as a warning to Kurds in Iraq and was preceded by another video titled A Message in Blood that showed 12 Kurdish fighters paraded then three of them appealed to Kurdish regional president, Massud Barzani, to cease cooperating and end the government's relationship with the US, reports The Wire.
BBC's Sebastian Usher notes that the beheading of the Kurdish hostage was filmed from two angles with a Mosul mosque on the background, possibly to dispel speculations that the beheading was just staged as some groups theorise about the Foley beheading.
The Kurdish fighters, who were helping US air strikers, have been successful in stopping the advance of ISIS by ousting the extremist group from its hold on Mosul Dam, considered a strategic post. But ISIS continues to control Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq.