A shocking video of an Islamist militant group beheading a top Sunni police official has been released in a sickening display of the brutality plaguing Iraq.
The video shows militants kick in the door of a police major, blindfold him, handcuff him, and cut his head off while religious hymns creepily play in the background.
The fighters tweeted a photo of the dead policeman’s head, writing “This is our ball. It is made of skin #WorldCup.”
The NY Daily News reports “the intent was to terrorize Sunnis in Iraq’s army and police forces and deepen their already low morale.”
The terrorism appears to be working. As 800 jihadists marched toward the country’s second-largest city of Mosul, 30,000 Iraqi soldiers reportedly fled and didn’t even put up a fight.
Instead, many left American vehicles and weaponry that is now in the hands of cold-blooded killers.
One anonymous Iraqi official said “the strikes by fighters in the streets had more effect than the video.”
The released video also shows “footage of drive-by shootings of off-duty security personnel and the killings of captured army soldiers.”
The Daily News reports “in one scene, fighters masquerading as soldiers set up a checkpoint on a main highway, stopped cars and killed Shiites and security personnel by the side of the road. In another horrifying scene, fighters abduct a Sahwa commander along with his two sons. They are forced to dig their own graves in the desert before their throats are slit.”
In the video, the commander looks into the camera and says “I advise whoever is with the Sahwa to repent and quit. Here I am digging my grave with my own hands… They can get to anyone.”