Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State have posted the latest of their gruesome executions videos, showing the burning to death of two whom they claimed were Turkish soldiers in Aleppo.
The two men, appearing in the video, the authenticity of which cannot be verified, were caged and had their hands tied at the back before they were set on fire. The scene reminds of the execution of a Jordanian pilot the group burnt to death in 2015 for taking part in US-led airstrikes against IS in Syria.
An IS member appeared in the video making verbal threats of destruction in Turkish to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Turkish military said last month it had lost contact with two if its servicemen in Syria. IS’s Amaq news agency had reported the kidnapping of the two soldiers, but the Turkish government had not confirmed the news then.
The posting of the video comes just hours after 16 Turkish soldiers were reported dead in battles with IS near the town of al-Bab, a group stronghold that is 25 kilometers away from Turkish borders. This was the most serious loss enured by Turkish troops since they intervened against IS in al-Bab in August.
Islamic State have been notorious for carrying out appalling executions of foreign workers, journalists and servicemen in Iraq and Syria.