Video has surfaced of Islamic State (ISIS) jihadis beheading 12 men they accused of being members of a rival anti-Assad group, which some believe belong to al-Qaeda or Jaish al-Islam, two Sunni terror groups that are considered enemies of ISIS.
The video, titled “Repent Before Being Overcome,” was released by a new entity calling itself the Damascus Province of the Islamic State, the UK Daily Mail reports.
The prisoners “confess” to the crime they have committed–not fighting for ISIS and swearing allegiance to its “Caliph,” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi–and are then led into a desert area.
After the prisoners are forced to kneel over, they are beheaded simultaneously by the ISIS members. After the beheadings, an ISIS jihadi warns that rival anti-Assad rebel groups must pledge to the Islamic State and Baghdadi or face the same fate of the prisoners.
The newest mass-beheading video comes just days after ISIS released a clip showing the group resorting to new brutal execution methods. In the video, the militants drowned one group of prisoners in a cage. Another group was killed via explosive necklaces, while a third set of detainees was killed after they were locked in a car and shot at with an RPG.
The beheading video was released a day before ISIS claimed responsibility for attacks Friday on a building in France, a resort in Tunisia, and a Shia mosque in Kuwait. The attacks have all come during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. In an audio message to followers, ISIS leader propagandist Abu al-Adnani called the month a time of “calamity for the infidels.”
“Muslims everywhere, we congratulate you over the arrival of the holy month. Be keen to conquer in this holy month and to become exposed to martyrdom,” Adnani said in the audio tape.