IV. Severed Heads

January 6, 2006

"'What are you doing?' 'I'm waiting for the bus.'"

(@DecaZakos, November 10, 2014)

Tweet in French: "Kicking back and relaxed with some brothers at the restaurant.On the traffic circle in front of us, some militia men who worked for Turkey. #ISIS"

(@abououssama09, June 5, 2015)

Tweet in French: "The work of an artist!"

(@younesszadar, June 26, 2015)

(@DeirEzzor24, May 25, 2015)

"Today I am soo sad about this"

(@L1v3data, June 4, 2015)

Heads of Hizbullah fighters on display in Aleppo

(@misrayoom15, July 22, 2015)

"Allah said: (The punishment of those who fight Allah and His Messenger and spread mischief on earth is to be killed or crucified or their hands and feet cut off...)"

(@AlBttar88, May 8, 2014)

"Numbers of #SAA (Syrian Arab Army) soldiers get slaughtered at the hands of Islamic state lions #Raqqa #Syria #IS"


"Loooool this is what #IS done to #Shia soldiers in #Mosul, #Iraq Ashura lights up early - oh wait"


"The so-called 'Caliphate' slaughters & kills a number of Muslims in #DeirEzzor claiming they are rebels against #IS"


"Fate of the remaining officers of the Nusairi [Assad] Army, whileits soldiers are trapped inside the postsof Unit 17 #Unit_storm #The_Islamic_State"


"Top tweet: "Ahmad Al-Kharbous Midris - As for the rest of the martyrs, they are all civilians who couldn't leave Al-Jarzi because his home was near the public road." Middle tweet: ÔÇï"The martyr Ali Hamoud Al-Aid from the town of Al-Jarzi, injured for nearly a year [and] bedridden, his house was stormed and he was killed." Bottom tweet: "Basil Al-Raqeeb, mentally retarded (Crazy), he was sniped in his eye"


"This is an officer after his death, dispersing the enemy and completing the liberation of his squad after God Almightyovercame him - the military leader of squad 17. His face is black and pierced by God."


"Exclusive photos ÔÇïcan now be viewed of the soldiers of the infidel regime"


"Look at the effects of apostasy; Repent, O those who fight among the Sahawat [Awakening]"


"#Syria Head of Regime Military Operations in Tel Melh in #Hama [Syria] beheaded by Nusra"


(@Syria_homs1, December 28, 2013)

"#Islamic State #Syria Heads of Nusairis [Alawites/Assad regime members] and the #Rafidites [Shi'ites] in #Damascus governorate. A heart appeasing segment :)"

(@abu0baker, February 15, 2014)

"[You] become a spy for the Rafidites [Shi'ites], Nusairis [Alawites/Assad regime], or the Saudi [monarchy], or the Americans, against the #Islamic State, [and] your fate is a head on a platter :)"

(@abu0baker, February 15, 2014)

"#Islamic State #Syria #New #State of Salah al-Din A very beautiful picture of the head of one of the apostates, and which.!! :)"

(@abu0baker, February 22, 2014)

Severed heads on a vehicle with a license plate that appears to be from Vidin province (BH) Bulgaria (BG); photo taken March 9, 2014 in Syria


"I swear by The almighty Allah that the Islamic State only wants the Nusairis [Alawites/Assad regime members] and reaping their heads, but he who stands in between them and the Nusairis, shall have his head reaped [as well]"

(@abohoor2013, March 17, 2014)


(@JehadNews, March 19, 2014)

"BREAKING GRAPHIC: Photo of pro #Assad fighters killed by #Jabhat_Alnusra #JN in Jub al-Jandali #Homs #Syria"


"Takbir [call to shout Allah Akbar], the Islamic State slaughters one of the airport's pilots who used to bomb Muslims.* Disclaimer: A funny commentary from the caliphate soldiers"; on cardboard sign in photo: "Lieutenant Colonel [illegible]Shawkat- [one ofthe]prisonersofAl-TabaqaAirbase"

(@Islamic_Press, August 25, 2014)

V. Crucifixions On Social Media

A tweet in October 2015 linked to a Justpaste.it page of photos of a crucifixion:

"Implementing had on bandits - also involved in organ trade - in Al-Bukamal."


(June 16, 2015)

"Sheikh Muftah Hassan Al-Warfalli was executed today and crucified in Al-Za'faran island as reported by sites affiliated with ISIS #Sirt"

(@AGummed, October 17, 2015)

"They dared say to the wali that we are khawaridjs [that] they hold the truth and we are wrong"

(@e3e9f5383af146e, October 17, 2015)

Islamic State (ISIS) Shows Crucifixion Of Thieves In Iraq

On January 15, 2015, the Islamic State (ISIS) released via Twitter a collection of photos showing the crucifixion and execution of two men convicted of armed robbery in Ninawa, Iraq.[50]

Thieves awaiting their execution; execution by being shot from behind

"Two spies executed + crucified in Rawah town"

(@bombing_IS-24hr, August 17, 2015)

"To every muhajir: If you emigrated for [the purpose of] making the spilling of Sunni blood permissible, and [for] joining the ranks of [Abu Bakr] Al-Baghdadi's gang, then I ask that Allah hasten your demise and avert our cunning!"


"Tweet: "Al-Khayr wilaya [province] - executing Nusairi [regime] agents who placed [electronic] chips for the [Syrian regime] airplanes in Al-Khayr wilaya - let the agents take a lesson"

(@Press_IsLamic, August 30, 2014)

"More executions of She'etat tribesmen on suspicion of fighting #IS"

(@_IraqiWitness, August 7, 2014)

"More executions of She'etat tribesmen on suspicion of fighting #IS"

(@_IraqiWitness, August 7, 2014)

"The Islamic Court of the Islamic State sentences an apostate who joined the [Syrian] regime and fought in the 14th Division after the beginning of jihad in #Syria, to death and crucifixion"


"Rural Deir Al-Zor, Al-Mayadin: ISIS begins its rituals in the city, executing and crucifying a number of people accused of detonating a car bomb without proof."

(@syria7ra, August 6, 2014)

"#IS crucify She'etat youth on suspicion of fighting them"

(@_IraqiWitness, August 7, 2014)

"#IS crucify She'etat youth on suspicion of fighting them"

(@_IraqiWitness, August 7, 2014)

"Al-Mayadin [town in] rural Deir Al-Zor, ISIS begins its rituals"


"NEW The Islamic State crucifies traitors in Deir Ezzor province, who worked for the regime #IS #Syria"


"#NEW 2 men who tried to join the regime to fight against #IS in Deir Ezzor province executed and crucified #Syria"


"#false #witness/"#hung for four hours at the #court for others to take lesson and [he was lashed] 20 lashes [as a] # #reprimanding #The_Islamic_State. #Aleppo wilaya [province] #Syria"

Sign on body: "False Witness"(@o0jamer0, June 29, 2014)

"ISIS executes eight people and crucifies them in the outskirts of #Aleppo on the charges that they are Sahawat [members] and apostates!"

(@oJjJjJl, June 28, 2014)

"#ISIS execute one of its member after committing Hiraba (Unlawful warfare) and takfir"

Text on sign: "Abu Al-'Abbas((Member of the [Islamic] State)/ Sentencing: killing [for] hiraba and crucifixion for three days/ The crime: [he] took large sum of money from people on the checkpoint under the pretense they were unbelievers./ The party [ordering the sentencing]: under the order of Amir Al-Mu'mineen [ISIS leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi]" (@3bdUlkaed6r)

"A young man was slaughtered and crucified today in the city of #Manbej in #Aleppo by #Da'esh [ISIS], [his] name is Yusuf Mohammed, and he is a fighter in the Free Syrian Army [FSA] in the Suyouf Al-Haqq Brigade"

(@modwnatalraqqa, May 11, 2014)

"#Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Images of the enforcement of punishment for apostasy on 3 shabiha [thugs] in the #Maskanah [in Aleppo Governorate, Syria] region"

Across photo: "Please know that the acceptance of the unbelievers' [act of] unbelief, and the refrainingfrom pronouncing them unbelievers, or questioning their unbelief, or correcting any of their doctrines, is [considered] an [act of] kufr that excommunicate [its doer] from the group [of the believers, i.e. from Islam] - so what have you for people who [actually] send their sons and loved ones to the recruitment units of the Magi Nusairi [Alawites/Assad regime] vengeful regime. Anyone expressing loyalty to these regimes of unbelief, even if he [did so as a] compromise or courtesy, [then] the ruling [regarding him] is as Allah the almighty said: "They wish that you would soften [in your position], so they would soften [towards you] [Koran 68:9]." (@Wilaiat_Halab, May 2, 2014; Justpaste.it/dw_69)

"The Islamic ruling about the guy who got crucified for planting IEDs and killing civilians in Raqqah, Syria": "Anti-ISIS cell which planted IEDs in Raqqa, Syria and killed civilians gets crucified - Apr. 29, 2014"

Across image: "The recompense of those who wage war against Allaah and His Messenger and to mischief in the land is only that they shall be killed or crucified or their hands and feet be cut off on the opposite sides..." (Quran, 5:33) Sign across man's body: "This is raised to wage war against Muslims detonating explosives in this homeland"(@truthsMaster, April 29, 2014)

Sign across man's body: "This [man] waged war against Muslims, and detonated an explosive [device] in this location"

(April 29, 2014)

Video: "This is the jihad of Dawa'ish [i.e. ISIS's men]'!! [The complete video of the execution of Muslims in#Manbej #Aleppo]#Baathist State in Iraq and Syria"[51]

(@oJjJjJl,June 8, 2014)

MEMRI TV Video Of ISIS Executions And Crucifixion Near Aleppo, Syria

Building scaffolding for displaying the bodies; the execution, with child in foreground

Announcer leads crowd in shouts of "Allah Akbar!" and "ISIS is here to stay!" Camera pans crowd, which includes children, after execution, as announcer speaks

Hanging corpses for display on scaffold. Children in front row. "This one doesn't weigh much." Source: The Internet, June 8, 2014; see also MEMRI TV Clip No. 4310.


Appendix I. Amputations On Social Media

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