December 10, 2012
Horror Video: Syrian Child Beheads Pro-Assad Prisoners
I thought since the death of Mullah Dadullah, a Taliban leader who often used children to do the beheading for him, that I'd never ever see this again.
Sadly I was wrong.
UPDATE by Rusty: Full video & screencaps below. STRONGEST POSSIBLE CONTENT WARNING.
The video shows at least two people being murdered through beheading. A portion of the video shows what is clearly a child or very young man participating.
If the video really is what it claims to be, let me note that this would be evidence of a true war crime. People are being murdered. And the people doing the murdering are proud of it. They made this video. They are proud of their deeds.
But I'll also note that there's no way to confirm who these guys are who are doing the beheading or who the victims are. It purports to be a video made by the Syrian opposition but it is being circulated by pro-Assad forces as evidence that those they are fighting are terrorists.
In the past, we've seen several videos posted by pro-Assad forces making similar claims which were obviously fake.
I'm not saying these gruesome murders were staged, it's just that when you're dealing with al Qaeda sympathizers on the one side and with a Baathist dictatorship on the other, then the normal rules don't apply. Both sides suck.
Video below. I only post these kinds of videos to show you the reality of the kind of people who are fighting today in Syria.
Again, STRONG CONTENT WARNING. YOU DO NOT WANT YOUR CHILDREN TO SEE THIS.
LAST CHANCE CONTENT WARNING. VIDEO AND IMAGES BELOW.
Vidcap 1: Syrian child beheads captive
Vidcap 2: Victim's head on display by barbarians
Vidcap 3: Bodies of two victims on display by terrorists
Vidcap 4: Mutilated body of beheading victim proudly displayed
Hat Tip: Partisangirl.
UPDATE: We've tracked down what appears to be the original source of the video to "Syria Tube", which appears to be an official YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter page of the Assad regime.
The question remains: where did they get it? If this was a jihadi video, then you'd expect it to be all over the forums. I haven't seen it.
Update by Howie: I'd just like to add the thought that most of the video's being exchanged in Syria are probably via smart phone networks and not the internet per se. The regime obviously is capable of monitoring these networks. *Its Jihad 4G if you will.