Video (below) of an alleged ISIS fighter accidentally blowing himself up has drawn thousands of online views.
The recording was made on Feb. 14 in the Syrian town of Raqqa, according to the Qasioun News Agency, which posted it, reports the Daily Mail.
In the video, the man appears from around a corner, and then his bomb suddenly detonates, gruesomely killing him instantly.
Some viewers have found it humorous. “He needs more practice,” wrote one person. “Practice makes perfect,” joked another.
The ISIS stronghold of Raqqa has recently been weakened, reports veteran British correspondent Patrick Cockburn in The Independent. However, the terrorist group is optimistic about the election of U.S. President Donald Trump.
The ISIS leader Abu Omar Khorasani is quoted as saying that “our leaders were closely following the U.S. election, but it was unexpected that the Americans would dig their own graves,” explaining that Trump’s perceived stance towards Muslims would help ISIS recruit more fighters.
Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch alleges the Syrian government used chlorine gas in the battle for the Syrian city of Aleppo.
The alleged attacks occurred between Nov. 17 and Dec. 13, 2016, and were summarized by Ole Solvang of HRW.
“The pattern of the chlorine attacks shows that they were coordinated with the overall military strategy for retaking Aleppo, not the work of a few rogue elements,” he said. The organization also documented use of sarin gas by the Syrian government in 2013, and the use of mustard gas by ISIS in 2016.
The 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention bans the use of the toxic properties of any chemical as a weapon, notes HRW, adding that only four United Nations member states have refused to ratify the convention: Egypt, Israel, North Korea and South Sudan. This ban includes chlorine gas.
“Almost the entire world has agreed that chemical warfare is so despicable that it should be outlawed entirely,” Solvang said. “Allowing the Syrian government to flaunt this prohibition with impunity runs the risk of implicitly condoning Syrian chemical attacks and undermining one of the most agreed-upon weapon bans in the world, potentially lowering the threshold for other countries to do the same.”
WARNING: This video contains graphic scenes.
Sources: Daily Mail, The Independent, Human Rights Watch / Photo credit: Voice of America News/Wikimedia Commons