The terrorist group known as Islamic State (or ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh) has publicly screened its film of a captured Jordanian pilot being burnt alive inside a steel cage. The gruesome movie, which originally appeared on the Internet, was shown on giant video screens in the Syrian city of Raqqa to crowds shouting “God is Great” at the moment of the pilot’s painful death.
The Washington Post reported the screening in an article entitled, “Muslim outrage grows against Islamic State but questions linger over next steps in fight.” The buried lede in the article tells a different story–that of popular support for the terrorist group, albeit under the watchful eye of Islamic State enforcers likely to quash any expressions of dissent:
In the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Islamic State broadcast video of the pilot’s death on giant video screens and filmed the reactions of the crowds who gathered to watch. One photograph posted on Twitter accounts showed a young boy’s face caught between horror and joy as he watched the burning. Crowds shouted “God is Great” as Kaseasbeh writhed in agony in his cage.
The Post adds: “Religious leaders and clerics rushed to assert that there was no basis in Islam for such a punishment.”
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