Terrorism is based on causing fear. It's a type of intimidation. ISIS have demonstrated their skills with a series of media messages including stating that they've executed 1,700 Shia soldiers.
Propaganda is obviously one of the main reasons for ISIS’ sudden interest in advertising its credentials.
Sydney Morning Herald The photographs, released on one of ISIS’ own Twitter feeds, show dozens of Shiite soldiers being driven in trucks to a rural area where they are forced to lie facedown in the dirt with their hands tied behind their back.
In the next frame, a Sunni militiaman appears to execute them in a hail of automatic gunfire that kicks up the dirt near their heads. The next frame shows a pile of lifeless bodies.
Earlier on Saturday ISIL (Islamic State of Syria and Levant, aka ISIS) announced on Twitter it had executed 1700 Shiite soldiers, but human rights groups have not yet been able to confirm their claim.
This Taliban-style, larger scale process has happened in the last four days since ISIS took Iraq and the world by surprise. There’s no way of verifying actual numbers of people killed. ISIS has been raising money with these online media campaigns, so these releases of “ISIS news” are all about business. As soon as one online account is shut down, others start.
One of the reasons many Shia recruits have been enlisting in the army is to fight. ISIS has also flagged the intention to destroy all shrines and monuments in a published “rules” document, which includes, according to the Telegraph:"No drugs, no alcohol and no cigarettes allowed,"
…No public gathering other than those organised by ISIS will be allowed at any stage. No guns will be allowed outside of its ranks.
A captured Iraqi military vehicle
All tribal leaders and sheikhs in the area have been warned not to co-operate with the state.
In a warning to the police, soldiers and other "kaffr" bodies the choice is to repent or face the ultimate punishment. The group said it will open "special places" for repentance.
Outlining its sectarian bias it declared all shrines, graveyards and monuments will be destroyed.
Finally all women must dress in concealing clothing that preserve decency. Females should only go outside "if necessary."
The same mentality which turned Afghanistan and Syria into graveyards is now spreading the disease to Iraq. These wars never end, crippling generations. The poor remain poor, with only an occasional change of oppressors. The word “Islam” means “peace.” There has been none, at all, and at this rate, there never will be.
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