In a new video purportedly released by the ISIS titled “The Necks Cutting,” ISIS militants execute an alleged Egyptian Army informant by blowing him up in the desert lands of “Wilayat Sayna,” Egypt. The video was released on ISIS terrorist channels on December 12.
Mokhtar Awad, a George Washington University-based researcher, tweeted the following early analysis of the video.
wad’s tweet refers to yesterday’s bombing of St. Peter’s Church, next to the main Coptic church, in central Cairo. According to Al-Jazeera, 25 people were killed when the bomb was either “lobbed” or “placed” in the church. ISIS has not claimed the attack, but ISIS sympathizers celebrated the attack online, reports terrorism analyst Michael S. Smith II.
The video focuses on ISIS in the Sinai peninsula being “hunters of spies.”
ISIS has been present in Israeli border region of Egypt since November 2014, when the Sinai-based Ansar Bait al-Maqdis pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. Ansar Bait al-Maqdis means “Supporters of the Holy House.” Prior to joining ISIS, the terrorist group has been active in the Sinai region since 2011 when it was formed to focus attacks on an Israeli pipeline to Jordan.
According to The Guardian:
Ansar Beyt al-Maqdis (ABM)… first emerged in 2011, amid a security vacuum caused by the fall of Hosni Mubarak. Based in the isolated northern Sinai desert, next to the Israeli border, ABM’s operations expanded drastically after the Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi was overthrown in July 2013.
ABM was originally made up of indigenous Salafi jihadist groups and included members that had ties to Salafi jihadists in the Gaza Strip. Some of its leaders have fought abroad with al-Qaeda. Prior to its joining ISIS, ABM was officially been declared a terrorist organization by the Egyptian government. It was also labeled one by the US and the UK.
Their first internationally directed terrorist attack occurred on October 31, 2015 when Metrojet Flight 7K9268, traveling from Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt to St. Petersburg, Russia, crashed in Wadi al-Zolomat, a mountainous area in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. All 224 people onboard, including 217 passengers, 17 of them children aged between 2 and 17, were killed.
ISIS claimed that the flight was taken down by an IED made out of a soda can that was smuggled on the plane. ISIS claimed that the bombing “was to show the Russians and whoever allies with them that they will have no safety in the lands and airspace of the Muslims, that their daily killing of dozens in Sham through their air strikes will only bring them calamities, and that just as they kill, they will be killed, by Allah’s permission.”
In the video, ISIS focuses on “murtadd spies.” Murtadd is an Islamist term for apostates, or someone who not only willfully leaves Islam, but leaves ISIS’ Sunni extremist interpretation of Islam.
ISIS then systematically executess the murtadd, some of which they identify as heroin dealers, Egyptian Army aiders, and allies to Israel.